Perth Glory Youth secured its first Foxtel National Youth League win of the season with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar Youth at Cleveland Showgrounds on Sunday morning.
The Roar, who bagged ten goals last time out to beat Adelaide United, were denied on several occasions by man of the match Jerrad Tyson.
The Glory custodian pulled off a number of fine saves to see the Glory youngsters over the line and Nikola Talimdzioski popped up with the winner just after the hour to seal the three points.
Coach John Gibson praised the 'keeper's performance, adding that his young chargers deserved their win.
“We had and deserved a little luck today, we were resilient and desperate,” he said.
“Tyso (Jerrad Tyson) was quality for us today; it was nice to see the group get rewarded for their performance and they enjoyed themselves and didn't shriek any responsibilities or challenges.
“We were super organized and our detail to the game plan was executed really well. We were efficient and made it incredibly difficult for them. “They had a super strong team and our boys relished the little battles - we know they had fun.
Glory skipper Jacob Collard said they were determined to get the three points.
“It was a hard fought game, we defended with our life and where able to keep the clean sheet which was well deserved for the boys efforts all over the park,” he said.
“We haven’t had much luck this season in the competition, so it was good to get the rub of the green today, and as a skipper I’m ever so proud of them all, they deserved it.”
There were two experienced keepers in the sides at kick-off with Tyson coming in for Jordan Thurtell for the Glory, while Roar had Michael Theo in goal, as he recovers from his long term injury.
The home side were out of the blocks early and Nick D’Agostino, who made his A-league debut this season, was a constant threat, and Glory was on the back foot but Tyson was standing firm.
After the break Gibson brought on Daniel Stynes and ten minutes later he was involved in the winning goal.
The 17-year-old received the ball on the left and played a reverse pass to Joe Knowles down the line.
The striker made ground down the left, cut inside his marker and crossed to Talimdzioski, who ghosted in at the back post and fired low past Theo from close-range.
The home side throw everything at Glory late in the game, but the youngsters defended superbly and at the final whistle they were rewarded with their first victory in the competition this season.
The youngsters will return to training this week, and with just two rounds of the season remaining, they'll be looking to end the season on a high.
Glory take on Adelaide United next Sunday at Elite Systems Football Centre at Angle Park, before returning to the Ashfield Sports Club in the final game of the season against Melbourne City on Sunday January 17.
Sunday, 3 January 2016
Brisbane Roar Youth 0
Perth Glory Youth 1 (Talimdzioski 64')
Referee: Daniel Olson.
Assistant referees: Cameron Fawcett and David Walsh
Fourth official: Matthew Male.
Brisbane Roar Youth: GK Michael THEO, 2 Jaidan WALKER, 3 Cameron CRESTANI, 5 Luke DEVERE, (4 Mark RODIC 60'), 6 Jerome POLENZ, 9 Nick D'AGOSTINO (10 Adam SAWYER 74'), 12 Harrison SAWYER (7 Dane INGHAM 56'), 15 Jesse DALEY (below), 16 Devante CLUT (c), 17 Shannon BRADY, 18 Javier HERVAS
Subs not used: RGK Tomislav BILIC
Yellow cards: D'AGOSTINO 39', CRESTANI 52', RODIC 81', HERVAS 90+1', CLUT 90+4; Red cards: Nil
Perth Glory Youth: GK Jerrard TYSON, 2 Henry DURR, 3 Jacob COLLARD (c), 4 Dejan SPASESKI, 5 Hayden STEVENS, 6 Calvin WHITNEY, 7 Walieldin ISMAIL, 8 Sean TROUP (13 Daniel STYNES 54'), 9 Joseph KNOWLES (16 Cameron TEECE 66'), 10 Sam McKEARNEN, 11 Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI (14 Jackson MORGAN 86')
Subs not used: RGK Jordan THURTELL
Yellow cards: Joseph KNOWLES 59', Hayden STEVENS 75'
Red cards: Nil