Glory remain unbeaten in the Foxtel Youth League this season after Trent Ostler’s first-half strike proved enough to earn a share of the spoils in Saturday’s clash with Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium.
The attacking midfielder found the bottom corner from 22 metres out just before the half-hour mark and the visitors held on to that lead until the 71st minute when Yazid Said bundled home Jack Palazzolo’s cross to level things up.
The result means that Glory have now accumulated four points from two fixtures having won their opener against Brisbane Roar and Head Coach Richard Garcia was very happy with the way his young charges approached the game.
“The boys did really well,” he said. “They dipped in the second half, but overall, their performance was pleasing.
“It was a very open game at times and both teams had their periods of dominance.
“There were some very positive signs in terms of things that we’ve been working on in training and hopefully in next week’s game we’ll be able to put it altogether in a complete performance.
“The mentality of the team was great. The fact that they are disappointed that they have drawn away from home shows that we have a dressing room full of young men who want to win and are pushing themselves to be better.
“For a lot of these guys, it was their first trip away from home with the team and they dealt with it very well.”
Glory began brightly and came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock when Ostler rattled the crossbar from long-range.
The 16-year-old was not to be denied on 28 minutes, however, rifling home his first goal of the campaign from outside the box to give Garcia’s side a deserved lead.
Victory did their best to respond as the half wore on, but they found Jackson Lee in fine form, with the Glory ‘keeper twice denying Birkan Kirdar and also coming out on top in a one-on-one situation with Nicholas Sette.
After Said had made it 1-1 with 19 minutes left, Lee was again called into action, this time to keep out a well-struck effort from Brandon Lauton and ensure that the WA side emerged with a what could prove to be a very valuable point.
Glory return to action next Saturday [24th November] when Melbourne City will provide the opposition at Dorrien Gardens.
Kick off is at 10.30am and admission is FREE.
Foxtel Youth League 2018/19 Season Round 2
Melbourne Victory 1 (Said 71′) Perth Glory 1 (Ostler 28′)
Referee: Jake Keating
Melbourne Victory: 1.Matthew SUTTON, 2.Daniel AYE (15.Matthew BOZINOVSKI 70′), 3.Luke GOULDING, 4.Benjamin CARRIGAN, 5.So NISHIKAWA, 6.Rahmat AKBARI, 7.Nicholas SETTE (9.Jack PALAZZOLO 55′), 10.Brendon LAUTON, 11.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Thiel IRADUKUNDA, 17.Yazid SAID
Substitutes not used: 20.Lucas RUNJE, 8.Aydin MUSTEDANAGIC
Yellows Cards: Kirdar
Red Cards: None
Perth Glory: 1.Jackson LEE, 2.Daniel WALSH, 3.Cameron MURRAY (14.Nic MCDONALD 73′), 4.Zayd FARAH, 5.Jayden LEADER, 6.Jack LEECH, 7.Ethan BROOKS (15.Jordan ABRAHAMS 80′), 8.Trent OSTLER, 9.Jaidon SELDEN, 10.Henry HORE (16.Sasa NJEGIC 68′), 11.Abias BUKURU
Substitutes not used:12.Nicholas SPECA
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None