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Jul 03, 2023   |  3:41AM AET

NPL Latest: Youngsters edged out in seven-goal thriller

NPL Latest: Youngsters edged out in seven-goal thriller

The PGFC Academy First Team were involved in yet another thrilling NPL WA clash on Saturday, this time coming out on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline against Perth SC at Lark Hill.

John Walmsley’s side have rarely failed to deliver on the entertainment front this term and had the home support in raptures as they established a commanding, three-goal lead inside the opening 32 minutes.

A stunning curler from Jaylan Pearman got Glory underway and they swiftly doubled that lead as Jayden Gorman found the net with a low, pinpoint free-kick.

When Matthew George then crashed a shot into the roof of the net to claim his fourth goal in two games, it looked as if the home side were firmly on track to record an emphatic victory.

The Azzurri, however, gained a foothold in the contest just before the break, Julian Teles taking full advantage after the Glory defence had failed to fully clear a corner.

By the hour-mark, the visitors had further reduced arrears, the lively Sam Cook converting from close range having been teed up by Jordan De Leo and Cook duly made it 3-3 from the penalty spot to set up a frantic finale.

Both sides went full throttle in search of the winner and it was ultimately Perth SC who found it, former Academy forward Toby Snook coming off the bench to volley past Robbie Cook deep in stoppage-time.

The defeat leaves Glory sitting tenth in the table, but only four points behind fourth-placed Armadale SC.

PGFC Academy Line-Up: 1.Robert COOK (GK), 2.Aiki TSUKAMOTO, 3.Shade STEWART, 4.Kaelan MAJEKOKDUNMI, 5.Judd MACDOUGALL, 6.Laat MATHIANG, 7.Joel ANASMO (11.Daniel BENNIE 61′), 8.Jaylan PEARMAN (18.Gert PRINSLOO 77′), 9.Jayden GORMAN, 10.Matthew GEORGE, 20.James OVERY (17.Khoa NGO 61′)

Substitutes not used: 12.Giovanni DE ABREU, 14.Louis HEWINGS, 16.Julian KELLY, 50.Liam COYNE (GK)

Glory’s Under-18s and Under-20s both enjoyed better fortunes on the day, running out 4-2 and 2-0 winners to strengthen their respective title bids.

All three teams will return to action on Saturday (8th July) when Sorrento FC will provide the opposition at Lark Hill.

The Under-18s are set to get things underway at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.