A brace to Nicholas D’Agostino guided Brisbane Roar Youth to a 2-0 opening day win over Perth Glory Youth in the Foxtel National Youth League on Saturday in Perth.
The PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland 2015 Young Player of the Year scored a goal in each half at Ashfield Sports Club to mark the team’s first competitive win under the guidance of new coach Josh McCloughan.
The result extends an impressive away record for Young Roar against Glory – with the team prevailing in their past five visits to the Western Australian capital in the Foxtel National Youth League.
The 17-year-old D’Agostino delivered the opener early in the contest, taking full advantage after Young Roar’s high press forced Glory to lose possession playing out from the back.
Glory called upon Young Roar goalkeeper Tomislav Bilic to intervene from a number of set-pieces but the visitors increasingly wrested control as the contest wore on.
D’Agostino (pictured) sealed the result just prior to the hour after driving a squared free-kick into the top corner from 25 metres.
Debutant Harrison Sawyer came close to opening his account for his new club off the bench, but sent his second-half header just over the crossbar.
Young Roar sit behind Adelaide United Youth in the Conference A standings after the Young Reds dispatched Melbourne Victory Youth 4-2.
Sydney FC Youth top Conference B following a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners Youth, while Western Sydney Wanderers Youth and Newcastle Jets Youth drew 3-3.
Melbourne City Youth and FFA Centre of Excellence will start their campaigns next week after drawing a bye in the opening round.
WORDS: Michael Flynn, courtesy of Football Queensland
Match stats :
Foxtel National Youth League 2015/2016, Round 1 – Saturday, 7 November, Ashfield Sports Club, Perth
Perth Glory FC Youth 0
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 2 (Nicholas D’AGOSTINO 11’ 56’)
Perth Glory FC Youth: 1. Jordan THURTELL (gk), 2. Dejan SPASESKI (13. Henry DURR 88′), 3. Jacob COLLARD, 4. Aleks SUSJNER, 5. Ross MILLARD, 6. Aryn WILLIAMS, 7. Jamal REINERS (14. Daniel STYNES 61′), 8. Calvin WHITNEY (12. Walieldin ISMAIL 71′), 9. Joseph KNOWLES, 10. Slobodan VULIN, 11. Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI.
Unused substitutes: 20. Joel DRISCOLL (gk).
Yellow cards: 11. Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI 28′, 6. Aryn WILLIAMS 37′, 2. Dejan SPASESKI 44′, 4. Aleks SUSJNER 67′. Red cards: nil
Brisbane Roar FC Youth: 2. Jaiden WALKER, 3. Cameron CRESTANI, 5. Tom JARRARD,6. Liam O’BRYAN (4. Mark RODIC 75’), 9. Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, 10. Adam SAWYER (18. Harrison SAWYER 60’), 12. Joseph CHAMPNESS, 13. Mitch HORE, 14. Shannon BRADY (7. Dane INGHAM 70’), 15. Jesse DALEY, 20. Tomislav BILIC (gk).
Unused Substitutes: 30. Finn MATHESON (gk).
Yellow cards: 12. Joseph CHAMPNESS 74′, 15. Jesse DALEY 82′. Red cards: nil
Match Officials: Tom DOWLE (referee), Joshua NIXON (assistant), Jordan ENGLISH (assistant), Zach PICCICACCO (fourth)