Boi back in action
Perth Glory’s young guns are confident and ready to battle it out with reigning National Youth League champions Sydney FC at ME Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Perth Glory-s young guns are confident and ready to battle it out with reigning National Youth League champions Sydney FC at ME Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Glory-s squad will be bolstered by the inclusion of speedy attacker Ludovic Boi who returns to the team after missing two weeks with a hamstring strain.
Boi has been a stand out for Perth this season, his creativity and goal scoring nous terrorising defences and also earning him a Hyundai A-League debut against Melbourne Victory a fortnight ago.
“I-m really glad to be back in the squad. There-s not much you can do about injuries when they happen, it comes with the territory,” Boi said.
“The injury came at a pretty bad time because it meant I missed out on travelling with the first team to Wellington and I also missed out on playing with the youth team against Melbourne last weekend so that was disappointing.
“It was very exciting getting the opportunity to play with the first team. I was looking forward to getting out on the pitch in front of a massive home crowd.
“There were a lot of nerves before the game but it was a great experience and one I hope to have again soon,” Boi said.
Five of Perth Glory-s youth squad made the jump to the Hyundai A-League after the inaugural NYL campaign and Boi is determined to follow in their footsteps.
“I guess it-s the goal of all the youth boys to be selected for the first team. I-m happy to come back with the youth squad, train hard and hopefully get another gig with the senior guys.”
After a loss against Melbourne at home last weekend Perth are determined to rebound on Sunday against a strong Sydney outfit and Boi said the side is up for the challenge.
“Winning is obviously the most important thing and we want the three points. Sydney is a proven side having won the youth league last year.
“They-re a tough team to beat but we-ve got a good squad as well and I think we-ll get one up on them this time.”
National Youth League 2009: Rd11
Perth Glory v Sydney FC Sunday, 22 November 2009 at ME Bank Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 4.00pm AWST Referee: David Costello
Perth Glory Squad: Ludovic BOI, Million BUTSHIIRE, Cameron EDWARDS, Dean EVANS, Nick FEELY (gk), Howard FONDYKE, Steve HESKETH, Mario MARCINKO, Sam MITCHINSON, Alex PEARSON (gk), Ryan PEARSON, Joshua RISDON, Adam TAGGART, Glen TRIFIRO *one to be included
Unavailable: David PRICE (knee - 2 weeks), Reece VITTIGLIA (broken arm - 4 weeks), Hayden DOYLE (knee - indefinite).
Sydney FC Squad: Hussein AKIL, Luke AUSTIN, , Joel CHIANESE, Antony GOLEC, Tim MCGOWAN, Ray MILLER, Sam MUNRO (c), Chris PAYNE, Iain RAMSAY, Mitchell SPEER, Steve TIBBETTS, Nenad VEKIC (gk), Kerim BULUT, Sam GALLAGHER, Dimitri PETRATOS
Unavailable: Joe GIBBS (stress fracture - foot - indefinite), Zac CAIRNCROSS (suspended - 2 weeks)