Glory Youth strike in season opener

A second half goal to Ludovic Boi has given Perth Glory a winning start to the National Youth League which kicked-off against the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Friday night.

A second half goal to Ludovic Boi has given Perth Glory a winning start to the National Youth League which kicked-off against the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Friday night.

The Stirling Lions attacker capitalised on some sloppy defence from the Mariners to score the only goal of the match in the 57th minute.

Perth deserved the 1-0 victory with the visitors dominating much of the play, especially in the second half when the Mariners were pushing forward in a bid to snatch an equaliser.

Boi's winner was one of several good chances for Perth. Mariners goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was forced to make a string of quality saves in the final 25 minutes.

Under the watchful eye of Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek, the Mariners and Glory both adopted attacking game plans.

Central Coast's Laurence Braude had the first chance of the match after six minutes but his low shot went just wide.

Six minutes later Sean Mitchell again had a chance to put the Mariners in front but failed to hit the target.

It was then Perth's time to attack and the visitors had numerous chances themselves.

They made full use of their numerical advantage after Mariners striker Brady Smith was shown a red card for his rash challenge on Dean Evans in the 31st minute. The tough young Perth defender shook off the effects and continued to play out the match.

It was a great start for Gareth Naven and his young chargers who have another away match next week before playing their first game at home as a curtain raiser to the Glory-s match against Sydney FC in round 8.

Central Coast 0 Perth Glory 1 (Boi 57-) Friday, 26 September 2008 at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford

Referee: Matthew Gillett

Central Coast Youth: 30. Andrew Redmayne (gk), 3. Paul O-Grady (2. Steven Tibbetts 59-), 5. Nathan Sherlock (7. Matthew Lewis 69-), 6. David D-Apuzzo, 7. Matthew Lewis (15. Greg Owens 84-), 8. Nick Kapsis, 9. Brady Smith, 10. Glen Trifiro, 11. Darko Vidovic, 13. Laurence Braude (12. Scott Wright 59-), 17. Sean Mitchell

Unused Subs: 1. Matthew Nash (gk) Yellow Cards: Sherlock 23-- Red Cards: Smith 31-

Perth Glory: 1. Tando Velaphi (gk), 5. Brent Griffiths, 6. Dean Evans, 9. Anthony Skorich (13. Andrija Jukic 78-), 10. Adam Luca (12. Reece Vittiglia 59-), 11. Ludovic Boi (7. James Sammut 59-), 13. Andrija Jukic (8. Howard Fondyke 59-), 14. Nick Rizzo, 15. Scott Neville, 17. Hayden Doyle. 22. Ryan Pearson

Unused Subs: 30. Frank Juric (gk) Yellow Cards: None Red Cards: None