Roar Youth ready for Victory

Brisbane Roar Youth will open their National Youth League home campaign this Sunday, hosting Melbourne Victory Youth at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.

Brisbane Roar Youth will open their National Youth League home campaign this Sunday, hosting Melbourne Victory Youth at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.

With a morale-boosting win over Perth Glory Youth in the season opener, Head Coach John Sime is hoping for a similarly solid performance against the Victory this weekend.

“With the first game, you-re always going to be happy with the performance,” he said.

“All the things we-re doing at training, they-re taking in on.

“We-re all looking forward to this weekend - it-s great to play at home, Olympic have been great to us in our preparations for the season and the pitch is immaculate.

“Melbourne Victory is always a strong youth side with a good set-up.”

After an early own goal, George Lambadardis opened the scoring for the Roar Youth last weekend with Hyundai A-League import Do Dong-Hyun securing the win with a 83rd minute strike.

With captain Jason Geria and defender Corey Brown set to miss the next four National Youth League matches while on Qantas Young Socceroos duty, Sime said he-d look to the other older squad members to lead the charge while maintaining the level of youth involvement.

“I-m really happy for Jason and Corey and I think if James Donachie hadn-t been injured, he-d be in there as well,” he said.

“For us, I think it-s important to have that mix - our experienced players last week were tremendous.

“Rocky Visconte, Anthony Proia - they really pushed and assisted and helped the young kids on so full marks to them and that doesn-t happen all the time in this game.

“Visconte played exceptionally well himself but his guidance around the field was second to none.”

Brisbane Roar Youth take on Melbourne Victory Youth on Sunday, 28 October at Goodwin Park, Yeronga. Kick-off is at 2.30pm. Adults $5, concession $2, under 15s and Brisbane Roar members free.