Perth Youth edge Mariners in thriller


Perth came from two goals down to beat Central Coast 3-2 in Round 2 of the National Youth League at Lisarow on the Central Coast on Sunday.

Central Coast Mariners National Youth League side has been defeated 3-2 by Perth Glory Youth at Pluim Park, Lisarow today.

The up-and-coming Mariners had looked comfortable with a two-goal cushion early in the second half thanks to goals by Hyundai A-League squad member Brad McDonald, and rising star Mitchell Duke.

However Perth turned the tables on their hosts during a stunning 20 minute spell in the second half to claim all three points from their sojourn East.

Just before the half hour, the impressive McDonald netted clinically to give the Mariners the goal their early dominance deserved.

After the break, Mustafa Amini threaded a well weighted pass to Duke, who punished the square Glory defence with a neat finish that nestled in the back of the net.

However Perth, featuring a number of Hyundai A-League professionals including Steven McGarry, Steve Pantaledis, Joshua Risdon and Tommy Amphlett, turned on the style in a 20 minute period in the second stanza.

First, Brandon O-Neill put the visitors back in contention with a powerful low shot on 60 minutes.

Amphlett restored parity on 68 minutes before McGarry found the winner with a tap in-in from close range only three minutes later.

A late rally by the Mariners nearly brought them back on level terms, however Zachary Freeburn, Trent Sainsbury and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi couldn-t quite force the ball past Glory custodian Lewis Italiano despite their best efforts.

The Mariners- next National Youth League fixture is away to Sydney FC Youth.

Central Coast Mariners Youth 2 (McDonald 28-, Duke 54-)
Perth Glory Youth 3 (O-Neill 60-, Amphlett 68-, McGarry 71-)