Glory Youth too strong for Young Roar


An experienced Perth Glory Youth side have proven too strong for the Young Roar who suffered a 2-0 defeat at A.J. Kelly Park in Sunday morning’s Foxtel National Youth League match. PHOTOS: Pat Kearney

Two goals in the first half from a Glory squad featuring a wealth of Hyundai A-League experience with players such as Rhys Williams, Aryn Williams and Joel Chianese proved the difference in the Young Roar’s final home fixture of the Foxtel NYL season.

Kosta Petratos, younger brother of Roar winger Dimitri Petratos, opened the scoring with the game’s first shot, finishing clinically past Young Roar keeper Tomislav Bilic. Joseph Knowles gave the visitors breathing space shortly after the half-hour mark, extending the Glory’s lead to two goals.

Chances were a rarity for both sides who both managed to find dangerous spaces but lacked conviction in the front third.

The introduction of fresh legs in sweltering conditions during the second half saw the Young Roar finish the match on top. Joseph Champness came closest to finding the net for the hosts, thundering a bullet-like strike onto the post late in the second half.

Young Roar maintain their lead at the top of Conference A with one match remaining away to Adelaide United next Saturday. 

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Key Moments

4′: GOAL GLORY: Kosta Petratos opens up space to shoot on his right poot and curls the first shot of the gamer across goal which finds the net off the underside of the cross bar. 0-1

11′: YELLOW CARD GLORY: Calvin Whitney earns the ire of referee Daniel Olson with a strong and late challenge on Joe Caletti.

32′: GOAL GLORY: Joseph Knowles squeezes a shot past Tomislav Bilic and the Glory double their lead. 0-2

56′: YELLOW CARD GLORY: Rhys Williams isn’t pleased with a decision going against the big defender and his comments earn him a caution.

57′: CHANCE YOUNG ROAR: Nicholas Panetta strikes the dead ball from the edge of the area but fires way over the bar.

60′: YELLOW CARD YOUNG ROAR: Petratos is fouled strongly by Cameron Crestani under the noses off the benches and the Young Roar captain receives a yellow card.

65′: YELLOW CARD GLORY: Fancy footwork allows Panetta to by-pass Dejan Spaseski but not before the Glory player grabs a fistful of the orange kit.

74′: CHANCE YOUNG ROAR: Best chance so far for the hosts as Joseph Champness rockets a shot from the edge of the area into the left upright.

78′: YELLOW CARD GLORY: Nicholas Panetta speeds towards the area and is fouled on the edge of the box by substitute Scott Robertson.

What’s next?

The Young Roar play their final game of the Foxtel NYL regular season away to Adelaide United Youth on Saturday, 14 January at Elite Systems Football Centre (4pm KO).

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Match Stats

Foxtel National Youth League Round 8, Brisbane Roar Youth v Perth Glory Youth, Sunday, 8 January at A.J. Kelly Park

Brisbane Roar FC Youth 0 

Perth Glory FC Youth 2 (Petratos 4′, Knowles 32′)

Half-time: 0-2

Brisbane Roar FC Youth: 4.Aaron REARDON (2.Mark RODIC 88′), 5.Cameron CRESTANI (c), 6.Joe CALETTI, 10.Nicholas PANETTA, 11.Jayden PRASAD, 14.Dane INGHAM, 15.Shannon BRADY, 16.Daniel DRIVER (7.Joseph CHAMPNESS 60′), 20.Tomislav BILIC (gk) 21.Kye ROWLES, 22.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (8.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS)

Unused substitutes: 1.Andre JANNESE (gk)

Yellow cards: Cameron CRESTANI 60′

Red cards: Nil

Perth Glory FC Youth: 1.Nick FEELY (gk), 2.Aryn WILLIAMS, 3.Jack IREDALE, 4.Rhys WILLIAMS (14.Scott ROBERTSON 73′), 5.Ross MILLARD, 6.Callum WHITNEY, 7.Joel CHIANESE (12.Gian ALBANO 77′), 8.Dejan SPASESKI, 9.Joseph KNOWLES (c), 10.Jamal REINERS (13.Daniel STYNES 67′), 11.Kosta PETRATOS

Unused substitutues: 20.Jordan THURTELL (gk)

Yellow cards: Calvin WHITNEY 11′, Rhys WILLIAMS 56′, Dejan SPASESKI 65′, Scott ROBERTSON 78′

Red cards: Nil

Referee: Daniel Olson

Assistant Referee 1: Cameron Fawcett; Assistant Referee 2: Albert Krause; Fourth Official: Ryan Mooney