Perth Glory Youth return home on Sunday morning when they entertain Melbourne Victory in week 5 of the Foxtel National Youth League at Dorrien Gardens at 10.30am
The Glory youngsters put in their best half of football, in the second half against Adelaide United last week, but we’re undone in the first half with the Reds racing to a 3-0 lead, with a couple of dubious penalties.
But the young Glory side lifted after the break and Daniel Stynes pulled one back and Adelaide keeper Daniel Margush produced some good saves to keep them at bay.
“It was a very tough game overall, however it was a typical game of two halves,” Stynes said.
“We were far from our best in the first half and that’s what caused us to be 3-0 down. In the second half we much better creating chances and defending much better so there some positives to be taken out of the game.
“This week (Melbourne Victory) will be another very tough game against good opposition, but each week we've improved so we’ll be looking for the win.”
Glory Coach John Gibson said they need to push on from last week and produce a 90 minute performance. “We as a group we're very frustrated at half time with our first 45 (much of it was out of our own control) we re-focused and in the second half we went back to our fundamentals and plan,” he explained.
“Our performance improved significantly, gained the ascendency, created chances numerous chances which we need to capitalize on.
“Every game we demand being the best we can. A big positive was the introduction of some of our younger players of our squad - the likes of Yagoub Mustafa, Luke Bodnar and Jack Leech received game time and will learn from the experience.”
Gibson said the players are working tirelessly to get their first win and he believes it’s just around the corner. “We understand the tough nature of the competition and the importance of negating silly things plus improving the details is crucial to a more complete performance,” he said.
“The group are frustrated at themselves as they are aware of the tiny details that are costing them at the moment - their self-belief, confidence and energy is always high - we look forward to this weekend.
"It's nice to be back at home, Victory is a good side that will be well organized and a tough opponent.”
Admission to Perth Glory’s home Foxtel National Youth League games are free to members.
Foxtel National Youth League
Sunday December 11 2016
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Kick off 10.30am