Melbourne Victory Youth 0 Perth Glory Youth 2
Melbourne Victory Youth played Perth Glory Youth at Green Gully Reserve on Sunday 5 October and looked much better in the first half than they had in the opening game against Queensland Roar. Nick Ward, the marquee youth player, started and looked a different class. He had only played about five minutes the night before at the end of the senior game and needed the run. Mathew Theodore and Michael Foschini also stood out, though Foschini was unlucky to be booked for a foot-up challenge by a somewhat fussy young referee, Lucien Laverdure. But Perth got the first goal when an inswinging corner was raffled by Mijo Marinovic and Adrian Trinidad bundled it in at the far post. Then in the second half, Steve Pantelidis was sent off after the Assistant Referee on the far side spotted a push on Trinidad who was booked. At the airport afterwards David Mitchell said that there was little in it and that referees should be looking out for violent tackles not that sort of incident. I left about ten minutes before the end, and David told me that Trinidad scored again in injury time to make it two-nil at the end.