Young Glory on the rise
Perth Glory’s Youth side has continued their hot streak by registering a fourth consecutive win in the National Youth League after accounting for the AIS 2-0 in Canberra on Sunday afternoon.
Perth Glory-s Youth side has continued their hot streak by registering a fourth consecutive win in the National Youth League after accounting for the AIS 2-0 in Canberra on Sunday afternoon.
Perth dominated early proceedings and while they took a handy 1-0 lead in to the break it could have been a significantly bigger margin on the weight of their chances.
The West Aussies fired several warning shots across the bow of the AIS and continually had the home side scrambling at the back to keep the game on even terms.
It was only a matter of time before the Glory-s pressure paid dividends and in the 28th minute Perth struck. The ever-dangerous Ludovic Boi delivered a wonderful ball to Sam Mitchinson on the left-hand side of the area and he didn-t need a second invitation to pull the trigger.
Mitchinson unleashing a powerful low shot that screamed past a helpless Lawrence Thomas in goal and ricocheted off the right-hand post and into the net..
The joy of the goal might so easily have been undone at the restart as the AIS caught Perth napping and Jared Lum forced a one-handed save from Glory goal keeper Aleks Vrteski, who had little to do before that point.
The taxing conditions had an effect on both sides but it was the home team who made the brighter start to the second period. Kamal Ibrahim put in a brilliant run in the 48th minute to beat two defenders and lay off a cross to Christopher Bush who missed what should have been a certain goal.
Ibrahim was in the thick of it again moments later, nearly getting his head on a Brodie Paterson cross when he got free of his defender close to goal. Vrteski was again called into action in the 65th minute when AIS defender Brendan Hamill was allowed to run free in the Glory half to unleash a powerful shot that was on target all the way except for the ‘keepers final intervention.
It was then Perth-s turn to apply the pressure and Boi nearly gave Glory another goal in the 68th minute but his shot just missed to the right. The speedy young attacker did play a role in Perth-s second goal, Boi-s skilful through ball allowing big striker Mario Marcinko to venture into the six-yard box where he was brought down and earned his side a penalty.
Marcinko stepped up to take the spot kick which he converted with aplomb to double Perth-s advantage.
Both teams fought to the end and Vrteski capped off a quality performance with another diving save off Bush with five minutes to go.
National Youth League 2009/10: Rd 14 AIS 0 Perth Glory 2 (Sam MITCHINSON 28-, Mario MARCINKO 78- pen) Sunday, 13 December 2009 at AIS Athletics Track, Canberra
Local kick-off: 3.00pm Referee: Chris Boyle Assistant referee: Greg Taylor and Luke Withell Fourth official: Gary Vandeburgt
AIS line-up: 1. Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 2. Trent SAINSBURY, 6. Patrick DIXON (26. Brodie PATERSON 75-), 10. Nikola STANOJEVIC (c), 11. Christopher BUSH, 12. Jared LUM, 13. Kamal IBRAHIM, 15. Brendan HAMILL, 17. Kevin DAVISON (4. Marc WARREN 57-), 22. Jake BARKER-DAISH (14. Milos DEGENEK 61-), 26. Brodie PATERSON (8. Alex CERRUTO 61-)
Substitutes not used: 30. Lachlan TIBBLES (gk) Yellow cards: Patrick DIXON 38- Red cards: Nil
Perth Glory line-up: 40. Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 2. Ryan PEARSON, 3. Steve HESKETH (c), 4. Sam MITCHINSON, 6. Dean EVANS, 7. Cameron EDWARDS, 8. Howard FONDYKE (14. Glen TRIFIRO 53-), 10. Million BUTSHIIRE (9. Mario MARCINKO 59-), 11. Ludovic BOI, 12. Jimmy DOWNEY, 13. Tommy AMPHLETT (5. Joshua RISDON 59-)
Substitutes not used: 1. Alex PEARSON (gk)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil