Perth Glory Youth return to action this weekend, when they take on Subiaco AFC in Week 3 of the QBE NPLWA Night Series at Macedonia Park on Friday evening.
It’s been a great start to the Night Series for the Glory youngsters, beating the league champions (Bayswater) and only being edged out by last season’s Night Series winners (Floreat) last week.
Skipper Jacob Collard said the recent results bodes ell for the NPL season ahead.
“The boys are playing fantastic, we are keeping the ball and dominating games that we have played, and we are getting stronger and we are confident it will follow through to the NPL Season,” he said.
“We just need to believe we can compete in great fashion and the results will follow... This year will be our best so far" he said.
The Glory youngsters were narrowly beaten 1-0 last week by Floreat Athena.
Goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell said they deserved more from the game.
“The boys played really well, we matched them the whole game and only conceded due to a little bit of luck on their part,” he said.
“We were all gutted after the game not to at least have taken a point, but they are a great team and I was really proud of how the boys performed.”
Friday’s game will give them an early opportunity to put that result behind them and get three points to keep in touch with the Group A leaders.
“I feel it's a must win game for us, but we all know that it's not going to be easy, and although they haven’t got a point in the completion they will be up for this one,” Thurtell said he explained.
“They (Subiaco) are a tough team to play and are very physical, and we will all need to put in a good performance to get the three points.”
Coach John Gibson said his chargers learnt a harsh lesson from last weekend’s defeat, but he knows it’s still a learning curve for some of the youngsters.
“We take positive and areas to improve from every game we play in - yes we were very disappointed the way we conceded the goal last week, but we were also very disappointed in our attacking third play - we review, plan, action - this is the cycle,” he said.
“Subiaco are a tough, well-organised unit, they play to their strengths and will poise another set of challenges which we look forward to.”
Kick-off to the match is at 6.30pm