Glory prepare for tough match against Azkals


Perth Glory will aim to keep its undefeated pre-season record intact when it meets the Philippines at a sold out at Quirino Stadium tomorrow night.

Glory heads into the match buoyant after a come from behind 2-1 win over the United Football League Philippines All-Star at the weekend, thanks to an equalizer by Chris Harold and the winner from Andy Keogh.

The win was the first of the tour following a nil-all draw against local side Global FC in Manila.

Glory coach Kenny Lowe was delighted with the way his side dominated the All-Stars match.

“I thought we controlled the game, I thought we controlled the tempo, I was really pleased with us to be truthful cause it’s early part of our pre-season training.”

Lowe says while the score line was pleasing, he was more concerned about the side playing their football brand.

“It’s pre-season for us…..it’s more about process, the way we set up, the way we play, we try to execute our game plan. From that aspect it was really pleasing for us.”

Lowe also paid respect to the opposition and held the UFL Philippines All-Stars in high regard.

“They play a decent brand of football, they try to play the game in the right way and to be truthful, and it was an enjoyable game to watch from the bench.”

Tomorrow night’s match against the Azkals (Filipino national team) is expected to be the toughest pre-season match yet for Glory.

The home side will be brimming with confidence after recently defeating North Korea 3-2 in a 2018 World Cup Qualifier.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm. For regular updates follow Perth Glory on Twitter.

Glory plays its first competitive match in Australia in the Westfield FFA Cup RD 32 against Brisbane Roar on August 10 at Ballymore Stadium.