Glory ready to tame the Lions


Another tough battle looms for Perth Glory’s young guns this weekend but the have already shown strong signs of refusing to lay down when they take on Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park in week 14 of the PS4 National Premier League WA.

Glory will run out onto the pitch tomorrow, after a heart-breaking result against Armadale last weekend.

After being 2-nil up inside 15 minutes, defender Nathan Costello was sent off and Glory came undone.

“Yes it was a disappointing result for us, but we spoke at length to the player group after the game and put a marker down and we now all move on to Stirling Lions on Saturday,” head coach John Gibson said.

“We have had a lot of bad luck in games this season, but that’s football and it wills even itself out during the season, we need to roll up our sleeves, and not feel sorry for ourselves.”

After Costello was shown the red card, Glory conceded three quick goals.

“These young players have gone through a lot this season, and have shown great resilience, and Jacob and I believe all their hard work will get the right rewards. The lads must be congratulated for all their hard work and dedication, and they have worked really hard with the systems and procedures we have implemented” Gibson said. 

“Consistency is the key and we have really improved on that from last season, and the senior players within the group have led by example” he added.

The match will also be somewhat of a homecoming for Glory’s 21-year old Ali Gholami who kicked off his senior football at Macedonia Park.

“I can only remember good memories from Macedonia Park, I had a great time there,” he said.

“They had a good bunch of lads, and I had some great experiences playing in the State League Cup final and the round 32 of FFA cup against Brisbane Roar, but on Saturday I’ll be doing all I can to get the Glory three points”. 

Every week we go in to games to win it, and Saturday will be no different. We have been competitive throughout the season, but results haven’t gone our way. But we are going to stick to our plan and hopefully we will start to get some well-deserved results he said.”

The match kicks off at 3pm.

The Glory U-18s and Reserves teams kick-off at 11am and 1pm respectively.