Glory out to bounce back in crunch clash with Roar


The PGFC Academy side are on their travels again this Saturday, heading to Lions Stadium for a Foxtel Y-League Round 5 clash with Brisbane Roar (Kick off at 8.30am WST).

The two teams met in Round One when Richard Garcia’s charges ran out 2-1 winners at Dorrien Gardens and Glory will be desperate to complete the double over the Queenslanders having suffered two defeats in their last two games.

Goalkeeper Jackson Lee felt that there were encouraging signs during the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Adelaide which could provide the platform for Glory to bounce back against Roar.

“It was a disappointing result last week,” he said, “but it also provided us with a lot of positives after half time.

“That has allowed us to see the standard of football we can play, so hopefully we can maintain that standard and even improve on it, this week.

“The Brisbane side will be good and there’s no doubt that it will be a fight for the three points.

“But we’re up for the challenge and we’re looking to set things right after the last two weeks, so we’ll come out wanting to play the football we know we can play and hopefully we can do enough to get the right result.”

Lee has been in good form in recent weeks, which he credits to his close involvement with the Hyundai A-League squad.

“Training with the A-league team has been a privilege that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of,” he said, “and I’ve loved every minute of it. Learning from two veterans of the game such as Liam [Reddy] and Tando [Velaphi] and having a coach like Danny Milosevic has been amazing.

“They’ve given me a lot of tips and pointers and I’ve been trying to implement them into my game as best as I can.”

FYL Head Coach Garcia, meanwhile, feels that his young group are on a steep learning curve and are benefitting immensely from their participation in what is a tough, unforgiving competition.

“In the last two games we have let ourselves down in certain aspects of our game and are yet to grasp some concepts fully” he said.

“But we showed in the second half last week signs of what we are capable of and it was good to see.

“This is a type of competition which the guys should want to test themselves in. If you’re not on your game you get punished for little errors and we need to learn from them.

“It’s tight in the Conference with only three points separating all the teams, so we head into Saturday’s game focused on improving and with it being a short season, we need to get back to winning ways this week to keep in touch with the leaders.

“Our second-half performance last week was encouraging, the players have set that standard and we’ll be looking for them to continue with it on Saturday.”