Home sweet home
Perth Glory’s Youth Team will make their long awaited home debut on Sunday and the young West Aussies are eager to show local fans the form that’s seen them shoot to the top of the youth league ladder.
Perth Glory-s Youth Team will make their long awaited home debut on Sunday and the young West Aussies are eager to show local fans the form that-s seen them shoot to the top of the youth league ladder.
Glory has produced two impressive performances on the road to start the season and will tackle Sydney FC, also unbeaten in their two matches, in what will be a riveting clash between two of the pace setting sides.
The Perth squad is brimming with quality youngsters including Stirling Lions pair Dean Evans and Ludovic Boi who are both lapping up the opportunity of playing in the Glory shirt and can-t wait to make the leap from the terraces onto the pitch at Members Equity Stadium.
“It will be great to be out there and have the home fans behind us,” Boi said.
“There haven-t been many cheers when we-ve scored away from home so hopefully we can get some goals and the supporters can enjoy the game,” he added.
Boi, who was born in Mauritius but now calls Western Australia home, will go down in the history books as the first player to score for the new Glory youth side when he struck the winner against Central Coast in round one.
The 19 year old has been a consistently high performer in the Football West Premier League and has been impressed with the level of competition the Youth League has produced in its infancy.
“They-re all good players and it has been a fantastic experience so far,” Boi said.
“Not only are you playing against the best young players in the country you are also challenging yourself against guys with experience from the A-League and that definitely has helped in our development.
“We-ve got a really great bunch of boys, very strong, they-re all good players. The team bonding has been really terrific and we all got on very well from the very first training session,” Boi said.
Perth is preparing for a tough clash against a quality Sydney outfit but will take plenty of confidence out of their first two outings and have a strong self belief they can be a force in the new league.
“To get six points out of a tough start to our season has been a real bonus and a confidence booster for the whole team,” Evans said.
“I honestly think we can be one of the best teams in this competition. We all work hard together and the training and fitness work that we have been doing is paying off and with each session you can see we-re all becoming better players,” Evans said.
National Youth League Perth Glory v Sydney FC Sunday 19 October at Members Equity Stadium Kick off 11.15am (AWST) - Gate 3 open from 11.00am
Referee: David Costello
Perth Glory squad: Ludovic BOI, Hayden DOYLE, Dean EVANS, Howard FONDYKE, Brent GRIFFITHS, Liam HARVEY, Andrija JUKIC, Mark LEE (OA), Adam LUCA, Scott NEVILLE, Ryan PEARSON, Jason PETKOVIC (gk) (OA), James SAMMUT, Anthony SKORICH, Reece VITTIGLIA
Sydney FC squad: Adam BIDDLE, Zach CAIRNCROSS, Adam CASEY (OA), Kofi DANNING, Brendan GAN, Anthony GOLEC, Rhyan GRANT, Ibrahim HAYDAR, Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), Matthew JURMAN, Robbie MILESKI, Ivan NECEVSKI (gk) (OA), Mitchell PRENTICE (OA), Sean ROONEY, Chris TRIANTIS, Nikolas TSATTALIOS, Sam MUNRO
*Two to be omitted