Melbourne Heart NYL Head Coach John Aloisi has drawn positives from his side’s performance despite falling 2-3 to Gold Coast United over the weekend.
Melbourne Heart NYL Head Coach John Aloisi has drawn positives from his side-s performance despite falling 2-3 to Gold Coast United over the weekend.
Entering the final half hour of the match down 3-0, Aloisi-s side rallied, with Captain Craig Goodwin netting a double in a frenetic close which almost saw Heart Youth collect a share of the points.
Aloisi said the team-s resolve and determination was an encouraging sign, providing cause for optimism ahead of the upcoming match against the Central Coast Mariners.
“It showed we have fighting spirit and the boys never gave up. They don-t want to be losing games and tried their hardest right up to the end to get a draw, he said.
“I thought Gold Coast played really well in the first half, they dominated, had a few senior boys and we struggled to get into the game.
“We were 3-0 down after 60 minutes, but in the second half, we were better and clawed our way back into the game. In the end, we were probably unlucky not to snatch something as we had a couple of good chances at the end.”
With the result dropping Heart Youth to fifth on the table, a game behind league leaders Brisbane Roar, the match at John Cain Memorial Reserve takes on added significance.
And Aloisi is wary of the challenge Central Coast is likely to pose at his side-s Northcote home.
“The Central Coast will be tough, as they-ve started the season really well and always play a few senior boys who drop down,” he said.
“It-s going to be another good test for the young boys so I-m looking forward to it.”