A high-quality NPL WA clash is in prospect on Saturday when our PGFC Academy First Team take on Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park.
The ‘Cockerels’ are currently sitting second on the ladder, four points and two places above Glory with 11 rounds of the season played.
The game will be Glory’s second in the space of four days following a midweek draw at Armadale, but despite the quick turnaround, Head Coach John Gibson and his young charges are looking forward to it.
“Saturday will be another tough contest, but we’re relishing this exciting challenge,” he said. “Our young group are remaining positive and super-enthusiastic as per usual.
“Individually and collectively they have put a great deal of hard work into the last few years, but we all know there is still major room for improvement and we will have to step up our intensity and drive to achieve that.“
Gibson went on to praise the work done at Cockburn by Head Coach and Glory legend, Scott Miller and confirmed that he is expecting a tough afternoon in the southern suburb.
“Scott has done a tremendous job,” he said. “It’s a good pitch, the weather will be good and we are ready for another big test. As per normal it will be about ourselves and the small details that surround the processes.
“Our objective in this competition won’t change; to be seriously competitive and produce consistent performances.”
Glory defender Walter Scott, meanwhile, feels that the youngsters need to take the key lessons they have learned thus far this term into the Dalmatinac Park clash.
“The Armadale game on Wednesday was a difficult one,” he said. “We have developed really high standards within our group this season and the draw was very disappointing for us.
“It was very similar to the game last weekend against Inglewood in the sense that we struggled to take our chances, which cost us.
“Armadale provided a great challenge with their competitive nature and certain gamesmanship techniques, which as young players some of us were yet to have to deal with. So we are happy we learnt that and came away with something.
“In terms of Saturday, the league this year is very tight and three points for us will be vital. “Daniel Robinson has been in great goalscoring form for them and we will have to be at our best and implement what we have taken on board so far this year to get a positive result.”
Kick off time for the First Team is at 3pm, with the Under-18s in action at 11am and the Under-20s getting underway at 1pm.
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