Dadi delight in youth win

Perth Glory Youth have given their season a kick start with a hard fought 1-0 victory away to Newcastle.

Perth Glory Youth have given their season a kick start with a hard fought 1-0 victory away to Newcastle.

Experienced striker Eugene Dadi, who was playing with the Youth Team to gain match fitness, gave senior Coach Dave Mitchell plenty to think about as he put in a solid performance and registered the winner for Perth in the 19th minute.

The Glory were overdue a win after some nice play in the opening two rounds without reward and the inclusion of Dadi and fellow senior team mate Amaral gave the visitors an edge against their less experienced opponents.

As has been the case in most youth matches the game started at a frantic pace with end to action. The home side enjoyed some early chances but with Glory goalkeeper Alex Person proving a hard man to pass Perth was able to weather the storm and take the advantage with a sucker punch a short time later.

Dadi delivering the blow as he timed his header perfectly after a great cross from Reece Vittiglia on the right flank. Newcastle keeper Robbie Kolak was caught in two minds and hesitated in coming forward and could only watch as Dadi's header looped over him and into the corner of the net.

Both sides squandered further chances before the main break, the Jets close to levelling the scores after half an hour had passed but James Virgili-s shot squirted high over the crossbar.

At the other end David Price managed to find his way around an advancing Jets 'keeper only to push his shot wide from an acute angle.

The visitors almost doubled their advantage immediately following the restart with the fleet-footed Ludovic Boi and Dadi teaming well to cause the Newcastle defence all kinds of problems.

New Perth Youth Team recruit, Glen Trifiro, could have marked his first match for the side with a goal but sent a golden chance from 10-yards over the crossbar.

Perth continued to dominate possession and territory in the second stanza with Boi, Mario Marcinko and livewire substitute Million Butshiire all being denied by a scrambling Jets defence.

Newcastle played the final quarter of an hour with 10-men after Kolak was sent to the showers early after a clash with Glory midfielder David Price.

National Youth League 2009/10 - Rd 3 Newcastle 0 Perth 1 (Eugene Dadi 19-)

Referee: Tim McGilchrist

Newcastle Jets Youth Team: 1.Robbie KOLAK (gk), 2.Jarrad ROSS, 3.Mario SIMIC, 4.Brodie MOOY, 6.Taylor REGAN, 7.James VIRGILI (13.Fabian IACOVELLI 60-), 8.Scott BALDERSON (20.Dion SHAW (gk) 75-), 9.Mirjan PAVLOVIC (5.Jesse PINTO 53-), 10.Damian BROSQUE, 11.Matthew SIM (14.Adrian KARAKOLEVSKI 57-), 12.Jobe WHEELHOUSE (OA) (7.James Virgili 82-)

Unused substitutes: Nil Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Robbie Kolak 75-

Perth Glory Youth Team: 1.Alex PEARSON (gk) (20.Tim DOYLE (gk) 84-), 2.Ryan PEARSON (14.Glen TRIFIRO 45-), 3.Steven HESKETH, 4.AMARAL (OA) (11.Ludovic BOI 72-), 5.Howard FONDYKE, 6.Brent GRIFFITHS, 7.Scott BULLOCH (OA), 8.David PRICE, 11.Ludovic BOI (10.Million BUTSHIIRE 59-), 12.Reece VITTIGLIA, 22.Eugene DADI (OA) (9.Mario MARCINKO 59-)

Unused substitutes: Nil Yellow cards: Amaral 22- Red cards: Nil