Substitute Chelsea Teveluwe struck twice from the penalty spot in the closing stages to earn Gold Coast City Women a 2-1 win over Western Pride Women at Bond University.

Following a scoreless opening stanza plagued by missed chances, Melissa Von Bischoffhausen edged Pride ahead after the hour with a stunning strike from near half-way.

However two defensive errors ultimately gifted the hosts their first three points of the campaign with Teveluwe holding her nerve twice in four minutes from the penalty spot.

The hot early autumn conditions took its toll on both teams during the contest, with Pride forced to play extended periods of the second half with only ten players.

The result sees City move to seventh in the league standings, two places below Pride.

Key Moments

8’ – CHANCE FOR CITY – Neesa Doyle is played through one-on-one and rounds Pride goalkeeper Kirsten Veeren before cutting back to Stephanie Foreman, who shoots wide of the target

12’ – CHANCE FOR PRIDE – Rahni Pritchard pulls the trigger from distance but her shot fades just wide of the post

21’ – CHANCE FOR CITY – Jenaya Wharekawa delivers a volley from close range but skews the effort wide

28’ – CHANCE FOR CITY – Georgia Ellison picks out Neesa Doyle with a sharp pass but Doyle’s shot again doesn’t trouble Kirsten Veeren

56’ – CHANCE FOR CITY – A ill-placed pass in the Pride defence opens the door for Stephanie Foreman, however she can’t get the better of Kirsten Veeren with the finish

68’ – GOAL FOR PRIDE – Melissah Von Bischoffhausen hits a long range effort from near the centre circle that sees an awkward bounce get the better of City goalkeeper Sarah-Beth McDonald

72’ – CHANCE FOR PRIDE – Melissah Von Bischoffhausen with a chance to double her side’s advantage but is denied by a solid save from Sarah-Beth McDonald

81′ – GOAL FOR CITY – Chelsea Teveluwe is brought down in the box by Ebony McQueen allowing Teveluwe levels terms from the penalty spot

84’ – GOAL FOR CITY – Stephanie Foreman’s impressive run into the box beats a host of players but is fouled teeing up her shot and Chelsea Teveluwe again converts from the spot to claim the win

What They Said

“We had a lot more possession than them in the first half and when we went down one-nil it was the team spirit that really built it up and got us through in the end. I’m really proud of the girls.“ – Jamila Riley, Gold Coast City FC Women

“At the end of the day the heat took its toll on our girls. We had two players go off with heat related injuries and that was really hard to come back from. We did take the lead with ten (players), and I was quite impressed with the way we played, but in the end we ran out of legs.” – Len Manwaring, Western Pride FC Women coach

Match Details

PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s – Round 2
Sunday, March 6
Bond University, Gold Coast

Gold Coast City FC Women 2 defeat Western Pride FC Women 1

GOLD COAST CITY FC WOMEN

Goals – Chelsea TEVELUWE 81’p, 84’p
Yellow cards – none
Red cards – none

Squad – 1. Sarah-Beth MCDONALD, 3. Georgia Elliston, 4. Jayde LOWE, 5. Stephanie FOREMAN, 7. Ena TSUZUMI, 9. Kayla MILLER-GORCE, 11. Jamilla RILEY, 12. Joy FORSYTH (15. Breanna GATT 45’), 13. Jenaya WHAREKAWA, 14. Claire FARRINGTON, 16. Neesa DOYLE (18. Chelsea TEVELUWE 52’)

Unused – 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 10. Alanna PATON

WESTERN PRIDE FC WOMEN

Goals – Melissah VON BISCHOFFSHAUSEN 68’
Yellow cards – Ebony MCQUEEN 80’
Red cards –none

Squad – 1. Kirsten VEEREN, 2. Emma BARNES, 3. Jasmin GRAHAM, 6. Annie LEYLAND, 8. Melissah VON BISCHOFFSHAUSEN, 10. Rahni PRITCHARD (4. Nikkita HUBBARD 48′), 14. Mariecamilla FALANIKO AH KI, 15. Montanna MCAVOY, 18. Teagan ESSOM (12. Callie MANWARING 45′) , 19. Natasha KIRCHNER (13. Ebony MCQUEEN 55′), 21. Ella Jewel ROOSEN

Unused – 16. Nicole QUINN

Words: Michael Flynn (courtesy Football Queensland)
Additional Reporting: Rob Morris
Images: Chris Simpson