Perth Glory hit the road on Saturday when they travel to Percy Doyle Reserve to take on former Glory defender Jamie Harnwell’s Sorrento in Week 15 of the PS4 National Premier League WA.
Glory are coming off a brave 2-3 loss at league leaders Inglewood United last week, a game that was significant for Glory defender Jack Iredale, when he played his first full game since a third knee reconstruction.
The 20-year-old said it was great to get a full game in and he popped up with a goal as well.
“It was really pleasing to finally get 90 minutes with the boys in the first team, but the club have been fantastic and have really made sure I’ve been 100% ready for the rigors of first team football,” Iredale said.
“It was also nice to get on the scoresheet, and although it was just a consolation goal, the set piece was something we had worked on during the week and we got a reward for it in the game, which is pleasing.”
Iredale said Saturday’s opponents will be tough, and the Gulls have a big side and like to use the aerial threat.
“We are looking forward to a similar challenge this week against Sorrento as what we had last week against Inglewood,” he said.
“We know Sorrento are a good strong team and we are preparing for yet another physical game. One of their threats definitely lie in their aerial game, so we know we're going to have to be really switched on from every kind of set piece.”
Glory Head Coach John Gibson agreed with Iredale, and said Saturday is another opportunity for the group to challenge themselves.
“Sorrento are a big and strong side, and that is one of their strengths, we will be prepared and it’s not dissimilar to last week against Inglewood, where we acquitted ourselves pretty well,”Gibson explained.
“We’ve had solid training sessions this week after a good performance, but the group is driving themselves and each other to get better for me.”
Gibson said they need to more ruthless in both boxes, and when we do that they will start to get the results their performances deserve.
“The group have been annoyed in themselves, after performing consistently and not being rewarded with points,” he said.
“We will be looking to change that on Saturday.”