It’s Round 11 of the PS4 WA National Premier League and Perth Glory will hit the road this weekend when it travels to Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions FC. The side will be bolstered by the return of a number of players, who were in Malaysia representing the club at the 2016 Frenz International Under 18’s Tournament.
Glory Coach John Gibson said it was a fantastic opportunity for the young squad to play against some of the best under 18’s players from around the world.
“The experience the players have gained by playing in this prestigious international tournament is huge,” he said.
“It was a massive opportunity and one I thought the players showed a great deal of quality, and it will be something they won’t forget in a hurry.
Although Glory lost its three competitive matches, it can take some comfort in the fact that it had the youngest squad in the tournament.
Glory's NPL team will be looking to bounce back this weekend after last week’s 6-1 defeat against Balcatta.
“We've spoke at length about the theme of consistence performances and this message won't change,” Gibson said.
“Understandably we were very good for 55 minutes, and then conceded four goals in a 12 minute spell. Prior to that, we wasted some clear goal scoring opportunities which we did not capitalize on.
“The result last week was disappointing yes, but we gave NPL first team debuts to four players (Jackson Lee 01, Luca Bodnar 00, Ben Johns 97, Joseph Marino 98) and it was pleasing to see them adequately cope with the level.
Ross Millard was the Glory Captain in Malaysia and the defender also returns to NPL action this weekend against the Lions.
"It doesn't get any easier this week for us as we come against a very strong, clinical Stirling outfit who sit nicely in the top four,” he said.
“We're all looking forward to getting back out there on Saturday and putting in a really good performance in which we can hopefully get some reward for our effort.
“This season we've been finding it hard to translate our good performances into wins so we now need to start being more clinical in everything we do and getting the results we deserve.”
Kick-off is at 3pm!