Academy side ready for tough midweek test


The PGFC Academy First Team return to NPL WA action on Wednesday evening with a trip down to Alfred Skeet Reserve for a Round 11 clash with Armadale.

The youngsters slipped to fourth on the ladder following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Inglewood United at Ashfield, but it was a result that Glory’s goalscorer, Daniel Stynes, felt was harsh on the home side.

“It was a disappointing result as I felt we were very much in control for the large majority of the game,” he said, “but we definitely need to be more clinical in front of goal. We’re expecting another tough game at Armadale. They’ve obviously been hitting form as of late and will be up for it, so everyone on our side is going to have to be ready for a big 90 minutes.”

Those sentiments were echoed by goalkeeper Jackson Lee who was quick to acknowledge his role in the two goals Glory conceded against Andy Keogh’s men.

“It was definitely a disappointing result given the amount of chances we created,” he said. “We dominated in major parts of the game, but the two soft goals that we conceded weren’t acceptable, especially from myself. But with the quality that we have shown this season, we are confident going into the Armadale game and hopefully can go there and get a good result.”

Glory’s A-League assistant coach, Richard Garcia, will again take charge of the Academy side and he’s expecting the 10th-placed hosts to come out all guns blazing in front of a partisan crowd.

“Tonight’s game should be a tough battle for our young squad,” he predicted. “It’s always hard backing up on a four-day turnaround. “The squad has started the season well and tonight will be an opportunity to continue that good form against what should be a pretty physical opponent.”

Garcia will be heading to Alfred Skeet Reserve for the second time in as many days after guiding the Under-20s to a 3-1 victory there last night.

Kick off time is at 7pm, so do get along to lend the lads your support if you can.