A much improved performance from Perth Glory’s Foxtel National Youth League last week, has paved the way for a spirited and positive outlook when the youngsters head to Adelaide to face United this weekend.
While Conference leaders Melbourne City took the three points with a narrow 1-0 win, Glory's skipper Joe Knowles rattled the crossbar just before half time, before second half efforts from Jamel Reiners and Mitch Oxborrow almost earned the youngsters a point.
Despite the loss Coach John Gibson was pleased the way his players took the game to City.
“It was a very strong and gutsy performance last week, we wanted a positive reaction after the (6-0) loss to Brisbane, and that was forthcoming, but we were angry at ourselves because we had a real opportunity to win it,” he said.
Glory keeper Jordan Thurtell returned to the side last week, and he believes the side is hungry to get the season up and running.
“It was a much improved performance by the lads last week,” he said.
“I thought we pressed them very well and didn't let them get into any rhythm, and in the end we were unlucky to not come away with any points,”
Thurtell said Adelaide will be another big challenge but he is confident they can get a result.
“This weekend is a big challenge for us, like all games in this competition are, but I’m confident that we can come away with something from the game,” the keeper said.
“With injuries in the first team, it will be a good chance for some of the younger boys to get a run and show everyone what they can do.”
Foxtel National Youth League
Adelaide United Youth v Perth Glory Youth
Saturday December 3 2016
Elite Systems Football Centre
Kick-off – 8.00am (WA Time)