Young Roar hoping to extend FNYL lead


Brisbane Roar Youth are hoping to increase their lead at the top of Conference A of the Foxtel National Youth League when they host Perth Glory Youth at A.J. Kelly Park on Sunday morning (10.30am KO QLD time).

The Young Roar’s last fixture was away at Melbourne City Youth on Monday where they came away with 4-0 win that gives the side a one-point lead with two Foxtel NYL games remaining. The top side in each conference advances to the Grand Final.

Joe Caletti has been a key cog in midfield all season, and believes the result in Melbourne bodes well heading into the final two rounds.

“Bouncing back to win 4-0 with a comfortable performance is really good for us,” said Caletti.

“We’re looking forward to the last two games of the season and hopefully finishing on top.”

The Young Roar’s last home tilt ended in heavy defeat and Caletti is eager to strike that result from memory with a commanding performance on Sunday.

“We’re very comfortable at home. The first team are dominant at home and we’re trying to replicate that with the youth team,” Caletti said.

“Hopefully we can dominate the game, play the way we want to play and get three points.”


Caletti has started every game this season and is relieved to be playing regularly after struggling with injury in recent years.

“Part of my development is knowing my body and now I’ve got almost a full season under my belt, my body feels much stronger,” said the 18-year-old.

“I’ve used the FNYL to get my form back up and to understand the structures which are exactly the same as the first team. Hopefully my performances can transfer into the A-League.”

The Young Roar be looking to record their second victory of the season against the Glory following a 6-0 win in Round 2.

Caletti says the Brisbane Roar culture means the team will face the challenge head-on.

“There’s no pressure at all, we’re really confident in our abilities as a group and we’ve shown that throughout the season,” said Caletti.

“Success is part of the club culture and that’s made very clear from top to bottom within the club.

“We’re looking forward to hopefully winning the group; we want to make the final.”