Academy side revved up for Cup Final re-match


The PGFC Academy First Team could make history on Saturday by winning the club’s first ever NPL WA Top Four Cup.

The youngsters booked their place in the Final courtesy of a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Perth SC last weekend and they now face a re-match with the same opponents after Ramon Falzon’s men edged past Cockburn City in their midweek elimination semi.

NPL - Jackson Lee penalty save

Bayswater City’s Frank Drago Reserve will provide the setting for what promises to be a fascinating climax  to the season and Glory Head Coach John Gibson is determined to ensure that his side maintain the same approach that has served them so well this term.

“Our aggressive mentality won’t change,” he said, “and we’ll play at the same high-intensity.

“There were lessons to be learned from last Saturday’s game which we’ve reinforced this week, such as the strategies that we have in place for starting and finishing games strongly.

“We’re really enjoying playing at this time of year and are conscious that it’s a big trophy that’s up for grabs, one with a lot of history.

“Hopefully plenty of our members and fans will get along to the game and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s another thriller.”

NPL - John Gibson

Glory will be searching for their fourth win of the year over the side that pipped them to the title on the last day of the regular season.

Gibson’s side claimed a 1-0 victory at Dorrien Gardens in Round One, followed that up by winning 2-0 at Ashfield and then came out on top again in last weekend’s semi-final.

In terms of early team news, Walter Scott will miss out due to international duty and Bayley Brown-Montgomery is a doubt with an Achilles injury, but Callum Timmins and Ollie Annis are both available having served their respective suspensions.

Full match details can be found below, with admission prices set at $10 for adults, $5 for concessions and Under-15s FREE.

Top Four Final graphic

Photos courtesy of Tom McCarthy