Glory youth take on Champions


Perth Glory Youth will be looking to make amends and kick-start their Foxtel National Youth League season when they face off against last season’s Champions, Melbourne City at CB Smith Reserve, on Saturday.

Last week Glory failed to convert its chances and Coach John Gibson said his boys would have to be ruthless in front of goal to get the points on Saturday.

“We should have been ahead, before we conceded, and in any game you need to capitalize on your opportunities,” he said. 

“But saying that we were happy and positive with the performance, like always we will look for an improvement in all facets of the game, plus being more clinical and ruthless in the final third.”

Gibson said with the season being reduced to just eight games the team would have to take every chance created.

“This season is a sprint and every minute of every match it’s game on,” he stressed. 

“We handed a number of debuts and they will continue throughout the season which is healthy and everyone will be better for the 90 minutes last week. The group always works hard and always displays a wonderful attitude day- in day-out and will be rewarded by quality performances. No different – it’s about ‘us’ and what we do – always being better at the process.”

Nikola Talimdzioski was an integral part of the PS4 National Premier League WA campaign for the club last season, and was a standout against Brisbane.

“We fought the game out well and kept the pressure on them until the final whistle, unfortunately we couldn’t finish the chances we created,” Talimdzioski said.

“But we will be looking to improve and hit back twice as hard this week.”

The lively striker believes the side is getting better and is looking forward to taking on the Champions.

“We’re all looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead, and we will have to be on top of our game to take something out of the game,” Talimdzioski said.

“They (Melbourne City) are a tough team particularly in their own backyard, but we definitely have the ability to come home with something.”

The match kicks-off 10am on Saturday.