Academy Latest: First Team lose nine-goal thriller, but 18s and 20s claim maximum points

Two of the three PGFC Academy senior teams claimed maximum points in another entertaining round of NPL WA action on Saturday.

Olympic Kingsway provided the opposition at Kingsway Reserve and the Under-18s set the tone for the day when they edged a thrilling contest 3-2 courtesy of an 85th-minute goal from Oliver Evans.

Evans found the net less than 60 seconds after Kingsway had levelled at 2-2, with Liam Armstrong and Cristiano Farfan claiming Glory’s other goals.

There were also two quickfire goals in the Under-20s game, both of which were provided by Max Naylor.

The livewire forward took his tally for the season to four by scoring twice in as many minutes to ease his side to a well-deserved 2-0 victory which maintained their 100% start to the season.

Attention then switched to the First Team game and it certainly did not disappoint in terms of drama and excitement, with Glory eventually seeing their unbeaten start to the campaign ended as they went down 6-3.

The hosts raced out to a 2-0 lead inside the opening 11 minutes courtesy of Liam Boland’s header and a close-range finish from Josh Sampson, but by the interval, Glory were level.

Samuel Barry grabbed the first with a composed far post volley, before Sean O’Connor converted from the spot having been bundled over in the box by James Fanelli.

Just short of the hour-mark, Barry’s stunning free-kick put Glory in front for the first time, but from there on, the afternoon soured for John Walmsley’s side.

Only moments after being introduced from the bench, Giovanni De Abreu was very harshly sent off for a foul on Boland and Kingsway immediately took advantage as Ryan Lowry and Joe Knowles both scored inside two minutes to make it 4-3.

Knowles duly bagged his second and the home side’s fifth from the penalty spot and the scoring was completed late on when another former Glory representative, Joe Hobson, took full advantage of a defensive mix-up.

Saturday’s results leave the U18s in fourth place, the Under-20s in second and the First Team in sixth.

The younger PGFC Academy age groups, meanwhile, enjoyed a similar rate of success in their match-ups with Forrestfield United:

U16s W 3-1 v Forrestfield Utd

U15s L 3-1 v Forrestfield Utd

U14s W 4-0 v Forrestfield Utd

U13s W 1-0 v Forrestfield Utd

All three senior sides are on the road again next weekend (Saturday 20 April), this time at Bayswater City.

The action at Frank Drago Reserve gets underway at 11am with the U18s, followed by the U20s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.

Many thanks to all our Members and fans who attended Saturday’s games and to Olympic Kingsway for their great hospitality.

(picture courtesy of Tom McCarthy)