Academy Focus: Garcia pleased with youngsters’ progress


“I’ve been really proud of the boys and the way they’ve conducted themselves in continuing to play at their best, game after game.”

That’s the assessment of PGFC Academy Head Coach Richard Garcia following the First Team’s impressive recent performances.

Although the youngsters lost 1-0 to Bayswater City last time out, they were very unfortunate not to grab at least a share of the spoils having secured an impressive win over ECU Joondalup in their previous game.

And Garcia is liking what he is seeing.

“I thought the boys did very well again against Bayswater,” he said.

“They played a good game again and are continuing to exhibit behaviours that we want them to show.

“Now it’s just about turning those tight games into victories for us.

“That’s difficult to do at any level and is part of their learning process.”

While they were unable to find a way through last weekend, Glory’s attacking trio of Bryce Bafford, Charlie Leech and Giordano Colli have been in sparkling form this term and Garcia was quick to praise them.

“They’ve been playing very well and are showing what good players they are,” he said.

“They’re a real threat and are now growing in experience as far as being able to finish off all their good work is concerned.”

In terms of Saturday’s game, the Academy side will face a Cockburn City outfit currently one point and one place above them in fourth on the NPL WA ladder.

And with Glory legend Scott Miller in the opposite dugout, Garcia is expecting the game to be easy on the eye.

“Scott is a good coach and he always  tries to play good football,” he said.

“So it should be a good contest for our lads and our direction, as always, is to concentrate on the way we want to play.

“It’s about doing the same things we’ve been doing over the last three or four weeks.

“As long as we continue to produce our best, then we have a good chance of winning the game.”

Ahead of the First Team game which gets underway at 3pm, the Under-18s are in action at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm.

Admission is FREE for Glory and Forrestfield United Members and Glory’s Hyundai A-League game against Melbourne Victory, which also kicks off at 3pm, will be live-streamed in the bar area.

So do get along and support both teams if you can!


(pic courtesy of Tom McCarthy)