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Nov 23, 2021   |  4:02AM AET

Garcia backing young guns to make Cup impact

Garcia backing young guns to make Cup impact

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is backing some of the club’s emerging young talents to seize their opportunity to shine in Wednesday’s FFA Cup Play-Off clash with Melbourne Victory in Adelaide.

With Glory also facing an Isuzu Ute A-League Men fixture against Western United at AAMI Park on Friday, the inevitable squad rotation will mean a number of the PGFC Academy First Team being thrust into the spotlight.

And Garcia is looking forward to seeing how the acquit themselves against Tony Popovic’s side at the Marden Sports Complex.

“It’s going to be hard juggle between this game and our A-League game against Western United which, taking into account the time difference, is less than 48 hours later,” he said.

“There are going to be at least four or five players that will play in Adelaide and then have to back up on the bench in Melbourne as well.

“So it’s not a great situation and we’ve got quite a few injuries to contend with as well.

“We have five or six players out who are potential first-team candidates and we had Andy Keogh picking a knock up at the weekend as well.

“But the flip side is that these games provide a massive opportunity for some of our younger players to play at the next level and see where they’re at.

“Giving youngsters that opportunity is something we are firmly committed to as a club and it will be exciting to see how those players adapt to the challenges that they’ll face on both Wednesday and in some cases, Friday as well.”

Glory last locked horns with Victory in this competition in 2018 when the visitors ran out 1-0 winners at Dorrien Gardens.

In addition to 10Play, the game can also be viewed on the FFA YouTube channel, with kick-off at 5pm WST (7.03pm Local Time).