Y-League Preview: City v Perth


Coming off one of the most dominant displays in the league’s history, Melbourne City’s Y-League side returns to action on Saturday seeking to continue their momentum against the visiting Perth Glory.

City remain undefeated so far this Y-League season, with two wins and a draw, enough to have them sitting atop Group A of the Y-League after three rounds.

Last week saw head coach Joe Palatsides’ side replicate the earlier season efforts of City’s Senior Men’s and Women’s teams with a derby defeat of Victory.

The performance was a dominant one, with City scoring six goals in the second half to run out 9-2 winners at Lakeside Stadium.

Reinforcing their dominance, City had five individual goal scorers for the game: Josh Cavallo and Denis Genreau scoring once, Daniel Arzani and Ramy Najjarine grabbing braces while Braedyn Crowley netted a five-minute hattrick.

Speaking after the demolition, Palatsides was buoyant about the performance.

“It was probably one of the best performances that we have had in a very long time,” he said.

“It was a really positive team performance; you couldn’t point the finger at one player and say he didn’t work hard and play at his absolute best.

“We’ve got a really good bunch of young boys and it’s probably something for the Melbourne City fans to really get excited about..

City’s attention now turns to the Perth Glory, who last week suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Brisbane Roar.

Playing in hot conditions in Perth, the Glory went down two goals to nil before grabbing a late goal from a close-range effort from substitute Michael Domfeh.

Glory coach John Gibson was bullish after the result.

“We conceded a real soft goal early,” he said.

“We made some adjustments at half time and asked the players to show some really good attitude.

“They did that and we overran them and had opportunities to get a point late in the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“Obviously today wasn’t the result we were looking for, but we drive on now and prepare for Melbourne City away.

That result means that the Glory sit second bottom in the Youth League’s Group A, with two defeats sandwiched around their round two bye. 

City and the Glory met twice in last years Y-League competition, with both games ending in one goal to nil wins for City.

The game between City and Perth will be held at the new venue of CFA Melbourne on Saturday, kick-off 1pm.

Match Details

Foxtel Y-League Round 4

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Melbourne City FC vs Perth Glory FC

Venue: CFA Melbourne

Kick-off: 1pm