NPL WA: Floreat Athena next up for Glory youngsters


Perth Glory will be looking to bounce from back to back losses, when it entertains State Cup winners Floreat Athena at Ashfield Arena on Saturday, in Week 20 of the PS4 National Premier League WA.

Glory coach John Gibson said Tuesday’s defeat at Armadale was another one that got away, but insisted the young side continued to learn valuable lessons.

“We started off really well – but then we were 2-0 down after only 20 minutes,” he said.

Gibson said the players have worked really hard to improve their game at this level and is confident they will be ready for another tough test against a good Floreat side.

“They (Floreat) impressed in the Westfield FFA Cup last week, and have some talented players, in their side, but our primary concern is ourselves and what we do,” he said.

“Silly errors have cost dearly, but we are ready for another tough game, and the group will come with a fearless attitude and ready to compete.

Glory striker Nikola Talimdzioski bagged a brace against Armadale and said they should have taken something from the game.

“It was an unfortunate loss, although you have to give credit to Armadale for coming out firing in the first half to take a 2-0 lead,” he said.

“We did all we could to fight and come back into the game, but Armadale had more heart and took the three points.”

Talimdzioski, whose two goals on Tuesday took his goal tally to ten for the season, said Floreat are playing well and Glory needed to be ready from the kick-off.

“We need to be switched on from the first whistle on Saturday, and not like we were at Armadale,” he said.

“They (Floreat) have been in real good form lately, so we know they’ll be no push overs, so we’ll need to be on top of our game to pull off an upset, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Kick-off is at 3pm and entry is free to all Perth Glory members.

The U-18s kick-off at 11 while the U-20s team start at 1pm.