Brisbane takes points in youth battle

Perth Glory’s young brigade put up a valiant fight but was denied any competition points in their match against Brisbane at Goodwin Park on Friday afternoon.

Perth Glory-s young brigade put up a valiant fight but was denied any competition points in their match against Brisbane at Goodwin Park on Friday afternoon.

Glory was perhaps their own worst enemy with a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes giving the home side opportunities to score and they made them count to record a 3-1 result.

A frenetic opening 13 minutes saw both sides concede before the game had even had time to settle.

The Roar was the first off the mark in circumstances Perth goalkeeper Alex Pearson could do little about. Looking to defuse a threatening Luke Brattan cross the Glory custodian could only watch as the ball deflected wildly off Brent Griffiths and into the net.

Perth had a couple of handy opportunities in the opening stages, most notably when David Price found space in the box. The midfielder collected the ball and steadied but was unable to pull the trigger thanks to some fleet footed defending.

Playing his first game for the Glory youth this season Ludovic Boi picked up where he left off in his debut campaign with an instinctive goal in the box. Roar keeper Matt Acton managed to produce a spectacular save when he blocked a firm strike from Andrija Jukic but Boi was quick to pounce on the crumbs and level the scores.

The chances continued to come in thick and fast in what was a free-flowing contest and Brisbane had their second just before the main break. Josh McVey made the most of a lacklustre defensive pass that didn-t find its mark and calmly slotted his shot past Pearson for his first goal of the afternoon.

Perth was determined to make up for conceding the last goal and started the second half in excellent touch. Scott Bulloch fired wide in the 56th minute and soon after the Roar keeper had to produce a wonderful save to deny Million Butshiire, the impressive young striker having another red hot attempt denied again in the 67th minute.

The Glory continued to search for the equaliser but it was the home side who found the back of the net when Stefan Vrbesic picked out McVey with a pinpoint cross and he restored the two goal advantage.

National Youth League 2009/10 – Rd 2
Brisbane Roar 3 (Brent GRIFFITHS 9′ OG, Josh MCVEY 43’/68′)
Perth Glory 1 (Ludovic BOI 13′)
Friday, 18 September 2009 at Goodwin Park, Brisbane

Referee: Matthew Gillett
Assistant referees: Curtis Wordsworth and Rick Schneider
Fourth official: Chris Verdicchio

Brisbane Roar: 1. Matt ACTON (gk), 2. Matthew BYRNE, 4. Michael RYAN, 5. Daniel BOWLES, 7. Luke BRATTAN (3. Timothy DUNN 58-), 8. Jordan FARINA (6. Matthew THURTELL 58-), 10. Stefan VRBESIC, 11. Josh McVEY, 12. Ken DOUGALL, 14. Ablert EDWARD, 15. Antony SCHIAVO (9. Tyler THURTELL 35-)

Substitutes not used: 20. Luke MUIR (GK)
Yellow cards: Daniel BOWLES 49-, Matthew BYRNE 70-
Red cards: Nil

Perth Glory: 1. Alex PEARSON, 2. James DOWNEY (OA)(5. Howard FONDYKE 38-), 3. Steven HESKETH, 4. Scott BULLOCH (OA), 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 7. AMARAL (OA), 8. David PRICE, 9. Mario MARCINKO (10. Million BUTSHIIRE 46-), 11. Ludovic BOI, 12. Reece VITTIGLIA, 15. Andrea JUKIC (OA)(13. Ryan EDWARDS 46-)

Substitutes not used: Nil
Yellow cards: 4. Scott BULLOCH 46-
Red cards: Nil