Perth tackle AIS

Perth Glory’s young guns return home determined to continue their winning form after notching a maiden victory last weekend.

Perth Glory-s young guns return home determined to continue their winning form after notching a maiden victory last weekend.

Glory Youth will tackle the Australian Institute of Sport who has joined the competition this season and will showcase their football scholarship players including Eli Babalj, Scott Mellish and Trent Sainsbury who all hail from Western Australia.

Perth Coach Gareth Naven said he expected a tough match against the AIS who will be guided by former Newcastle Jets Championship winning coach Gary van Egmond.

“The AIS has a fine tradition of producing quality players and they-ll be out to show their talents against our developing youngsters,” said Naven.

“It is a great challenge for our team but one we-re looking forward to undertaking.

“We-ll be out there to play some entertaining football in front of our home supporters.”

Perth has been on the road for the past fortnight and will suit up at home for just the second time this season. Naven is slowly regaining the services of his players following local club commitments however niggling injuries still mean eight of the 16 man squad are unavailable.

Senior listed players Jimmy Downey and Scott Bulloch continue to increase their output as they recover from injury and will again suit up for the Youth Team on Saturday.

The match will be played as a curtain raiser to the Perth Glory v North Queensland Fury Hyundai A-League clash at ME Bank Stadium. Perth Glory members and match ticket holders can gain free entry to the National Youth League game from 12.30pm (gate 3 only) with kick-off at 12.45pm.

National Youth League - Rd 4

Perth Glory v AIS Saturday, 3 October 2009 ME Bank Stadium, Perth

Local kick-off: 12.45pm (2.45pm AEST) Referee: Steven Gregory

Perth Glory NYL Squad: Ludovic BOI, Scott BULLOCH (OA), Million BUTSHIIRE, Tim DOYLE (gk), Jimmy DOWNEY (OA), Cameron EDWARDS, Ryan EDWARDS, Howard FONDYKE, Brent GRIFFITHS, Steve HESKETH, Mario MARCINKO, Alex PEARSON (gk), Glen TRIFIRO, Reece VITTIGLIA *one to be included

Unavailable: Hayden DOYLE (knee - indefinite), Dean EVANS (groin - 1 week), Nick FEELY (study commitments), Sam MITCHINSON (groin - 2 weeks), Ryan PEARSON (foot - 1 week), David PRICE (tba), Joshua RISDON (hip - 1 week), Adam TAGGART (foot - 2 weeks)

AIS squad: Mustafa AMINI, Terry ANTONIS, Eli BABALJ, Christopher BUSH, Patrick DIXON, Stephen DOMENICI, Brendan HAMILL, Kamal IBRAHIM, Ersin KAYA, Aaron LENNOX (gk), Jared LUM, Scott MELLISH, Trent SAINSBURY, Nikola STANOJEVIC, Lawrence THOMAS (gk)

Unavailable: Marc WARREN (broken foot)