Perth Glory travels to Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta in Saturday’s PS4 National Premier League WA, the penultimate game of the season, knowing a win will make them safe from relegation.
Goalkeeper Nick Feely, who stood between the posts against the WA state team in the Heritage Cup clash on Wednesday night and was one of the standouts against last week's clash agaisnt Floreat Athena said it was a fantastic team performance.
“It was a top win, they (Floreat) are a good side who are in the mix to take the title, but just like they had a lot to play for so did we with only a few points separating the bottom teams,” he said.
“They threw everything they had in the second half at us, and we managed to hold on but it was a long 45 minutes, especially when we lost Scott (Robertson) and were down to 10, but the boys showed great character, which Gibbo has been looking for all season, to be able to close out the game and not concede late goals which is a credit to the boys.
“I think it certainly helps the younger boys coming through, to develop when a couple of senior players can come and show a bit of experience late in the game when the pressure is relentless.”
Feely knows the importance of Saturday’s game at Balcatta, and said they must stay focused for the full 90 minutes.
“It's another huge game this weekend, and three points will secure safety, so it's a must win with the other teams down the bottom hot on our heels,” the keeper explained.
“We want keep our fate in our own hands, so we’ll look to keep to our discipline and good form coming into the game, and come away with points
Glory coach John Gibson said the youngsters have momentum going into the game.
“Last week’s win was well overdue for the group, they always work hard, and last week was a super team performance - it was tough encounter which everyone enjoyed,” he said.
“We’ve used an extended squad and provided opportunities for plenty of our players within the PGFC Elite Pathway - the senior members of the group have been magnificent and the younger players have coped adequately - it's been enjoyable and exciting for all.
“Our focus is always about US - we are clear and consistent with this message - always be the best we can and box-off the process and details.”
Gibson said Balcatta, who are coached by former Glory midfielder Marc Anthony, had a good win last week, and urged his players to focus.
Concentrate for the 90 plus minutes and be ready to play from the outset. We've certainly had more than our share of heartache this year."
The match kicks-off at 3pm.
The club's U18s and U20s kick-off at 11am and 1pm respectively.