‘Young Guns’ aim to end on Glorious note


The Glory youngsters will be looking for a hat-trick of wins to end the season on a high when they take on Cockburn City in the last round of the WA NPL competition.

Striker Stefan Valentini will be hoping to add to his five goals tally.

The 19-year-old, who has also broken into the A-League side for the recent FFA Cup games against Newcastle Jets and Lions FC, said the momentum of the side was up after wins against Balcatta and Sorrento

“I think both wins were well deserved, as we have been playing some really good football all season and it’s nice to finally start getting points for all our hard work,” he said.

“We are all confident that we can get another three points at Cockburn, but we will just keep doing what we have been doing, nothing will change, and we will be looking to end the season on a high.”

His senior side debut in the FFA Cup is something the young striker will never forget, and he capped it off by scoring in the dramatic penalty shootout win.

But he knows he still has to work hard to improve his game.

“It was a game I will always remember,” he explained.

“When I was told I was going on against the Jets it was an amazing feeling, and I’m just really happy that I was given the opportunity to be a part of the team for the game, and to score in the shootout, the feeling was honestly indescribable.”

Valentini has been one of many players to impress this season in the NPL and he said it’s a season to remember fondly.

“It’s been a great season personally, but I know I will have to keep working hard on my game,” he said.

“But the most important thing is Saturday’s game at Cockburn, and to help the side to another three points.”

The young guns head into Saturday’s game on the same points as they finished last season, but have conceded fewer goals

“The young lads are playing against men, week in and week out, and last season were beaten heavily in some games … that hasn’t happened this season” head coach John Gibson said.

“We’ve worked hard on the defensive side of our game, and we have attacked as a team and defended as a team too.Jacob (Burns) and I would like to thank the players for their hard work all season, and we hope to end the season with three wins, but we know we will have to be at our best against a strong Cockburn side” he added.

The match at Dalmatinac Park will kick off at 3pm.

The U-18s and U-20s matches kick-off at 11am and 1pm respectively.