Academy side up for the Regional Cup


The PGFC Academy First Team hit the road this weekend when they take on Sorrento in the 2019 National Premier Leagues WA Regional Cup at Barnard Park in Busselton (kick off at 3.00pm).

The game is an annual showcase for NPL football and the Glory brand in regional areas and the youngsters will be looking to retain the Cup after a 6-1 win in last season’s corresponding fixture which was played in Kalgoorlie.

It’s been a busy week for Head Coach Richard Garcia who coached the Glory Under-16s all the way to the final of the JSSL Singapore Professional Academy 7’s tournament against EPL side Arsenal.

And although they ended up going down 2-0 to the Gunners, he was understandably thrilled with their achievements.

“It was a great performance from the Glory youngsters in Singapore,” he said, “and Steven [McGarry] and I were proud of them reaching the final.

“We played against some of the top clubs from around the world and the players were outstanding and represented the club, both on and off the field, with distinction.”

Switching his focus back to the NPL, Garcia believes that Saturday’s clash with Sorrento provides his charges with an opportunity to respond in the right way to last weekend’s home defeat at the hands of league leaders, Perth SC.

“The Regional Cup is a great way to showcase the NPL in the country regions and we are looking forward to it,” he said.

“It was a disappointing result last week, but watching the footage back, the boys put in another terrific performance, but lapses cost us.

“We’ve spoke about consistency this season and for the most part we have been [consistent]. We’ll need to produce our best to get the result in Busselton.”

Glory’s Under-18s and Under-20s will not be in action on Saturday, with their respective games instead scheduled for Tuesday evening (30th April) at Percy Doyle Reserve with start times of 6pm (Under-18s) and 8pm (Under-20s).