Youngsters relishing Baysie challenge


PGFC Academy Head Coach Richard Garcia is relishing the prospect of seeing his  charges pit their wits against a strong Bayswater City side on Saturday.

The Glory youngsters will head to Frank Drago Reserve (kick off at 3pm) sitting in second spot on the NPL WA ladder having drawn away at Cockburn City in their most recent outing a fortnight ago.

And although Bayswater are currently five points behind them in sixth, Garcia is very aware of the threat that Chris Coyne’s expensively-assembled squad will pose.

“It’s a great challenge for us, but one we are all looking forward to,” he said.

“They have some of the best players in the league at their disposal, but I think we’ve got the best young talent in the league, so it should be a great contest.

“The players are relishing taking on Bayswater, who haven’t had the most consistent season, but I’m concerned about us and not the opposition.

“So we will go there and play our game and I’m confident we can get a positive result.”

Those sentiments were echoed by goalkeeper Nic Speca who has impressed since taking over the gloves from Jackson Lee.

“It’ll be a tough game this weekend against Bayswater,” he said.

“They are always physical and up for a battle, so I’m hopeful that our boys are going to compete with the physical aspects, be able to play our style of football and get the job done.

“I feel like our youth squad is very driven and wants to win week in, week out.

“We’ve learnt from last season not to get complacent and to utilise every opportunity in winning and, most importantly, play the way [Richard] Garcia wants us to play.”

The Under-18s will get the action underway on Saturday at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.

But if you can’t make it along to Frank Drago Reserve, you can watch a live stream of the Under-20s HERE and the First Team HERE, courtesy of Football West.


Picture courtesy of Tom McCarthy