NPL WA: Glory heads to Inglewood

Perth Glory will be looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to league leaders Sorrento, when they travel to the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium to take on Inglewood United in Week 9 of the PS4 National Premier League WA on Saturday (3.00pm)

The Glory youngsters dominated Sorrento early last week, but didn’t convert their chances and skipper Daniel Stynes said it’s something the young groups need to work on.

 “Yes I thought was a disappointing result but a very convincing performance,” he explained.

“We created a lot of clear cut chances, and once we start finishing them off, we'll be a very dangerous team.

“We're a young team, and it's hard to compete physically, but I thought we did very well and we’ll learn from it.”

Stynes said Inglewood will be another big challenge but one he and the rest of the players are looking forward to. 

“It’s another very tough game, against a side who have a lot of firepower upfront, as well as a solid defence, it should be a good game,” he said.

“Due to injuries and players missing there's been a lot more faith put in the younger players, and it has been repaid, as I felt every player who has stepped up has done a more than adequate job.”

Striker Joe Knowles said the side was improving every week and he knows it’s a massive learning curve for the young player group, but said they need to be switched on for the whole 90 minutes.

“Last week we dominated for large parts of the game, and Daniel is right, we weren’t clinical enough in the final third,” he said.

“We switched off in defence and we conceded a couple of cheap goals but credit to Sorrento they stuck together for 90 minutes and worked hard for the win.

“We are matching it with every team we’ve played this season, and we go into every game knowing we can beat anyone if we stick to our game plan, and Saturday will be no different.”

Knowles said Inglewood were flying at the moment, but he’s looking forward to the game.

“We know week in and week out the games are a challenge, and there are no easy games in this league, and each team play a different way, so it will be another challenge for the boys and we are excited for the game,” he said.

“This season we have a really young team, but credit to the coaching staff for getting them ready at a young age to be able to deal with first team football, and it bodes well for the future of the program.”

In other games on Saturday - Callum Salmon’s undefeated under 18’s team kick off at 11am, while Richard Garcia’s under 20’s kick off at 1pm.