Foxtel National Youth League 2016/17 Round 4 Preview


Adelaide United Youth Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic, is confident ahead of the Young Reds’ meeting with Perth Glory in Round 4 of the Foxtel National Youth League at Elite Systems Football Centre on Saturday.

The Adelaide United Youth’s emphatic win last week will have done much to lift the confidence within the squad, after a fluid attacking and solid defensive display, and will look to continue this form ahead of their first match at home.

Young Reds’ boss, Huss Skenderovic, was impressed with his side’s 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory last weekend, while the Perth Glory Youth sit bottom of the Group A ladder, following a 1-0 defeat to Melbourne City at CB Smith Reserve.

Skenderovic believes that the experience of Adelaide United’s senior players assisted in the growth of the younger players of the team, and this will help to produce more quality performances throughout their National Youth League season.

“I think that having a few of the senior players in the squad last week against Melbourne Victory helped a lot, especially with the younger boys,” Skenderovic said.

“They produced a nice performance, and I hope that it will resonate onto this week, and we can produce something very similar against Perth Glory.

“Marc’s (Marino) experience and style of game gave the younger players of the team a great insight and made them work harder for the ball.

“He has a really good dynamic about his game, where he suits getting behind the defensive line, and his finishing and the execution of his chances is also good.

“The whole team lifted and were confident throughout the full 90 minutes, and it is very positive looking forward.”

Skenderovic revealed United’s Youth have been impressive during training this week, and have made improvements to their transition down the field.

“With the style of football that we want to play, we don’t want to deviate with the ball,” Skenderovic continued. “We have worked really hard on our finishing and transitioning towards goal, which we worked on in training on Wednesday morning.

“We have worked a lot in the transition. You are defending one moment and when you attack it is about the attack and scoring.

“The players are really starting to make improvements in terms of that, and everyone is happy with the way we want to play and our values as a Club.”

Commenting on the upcoming match, Skenderovic is confident that back-to-back wins is possible for his Young Reds, as they play home for the first time this season and look to echo their most recent performance.

“We know that Perth Glory haven’t had the best start to their season, but we can’t underestimate them. 

“The important thing is that we focus on our own game and what we have worked on.

“We must continue to play our football and keep scoring goals, as we will be looking for another three points on Saturday.”

Adelaide United Youth Team will take on Perth Glory on Saturday, 3 December 2016 in Round 4 of the Foxtel National Youth League 2016/17 season at Elite Systems Football Centre. Kick-off is at 10:30am.