Heart Youth tackles AIS

Melbourne Heart FC's National Youth League side will look to bounce back to winning ways against the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra today.

Melbourne Heart FC's National Youth League side will look to bounce back to winning ways against the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra today.

Fourth-placed Heart are within touching distance of second spot on the ladder and can displace city rivals Melbourne Victory on the ladder with a convincing win over the AIS today.

Heart fell to a single Liam Wooding penalty on Monday against a strong Adelaide United outfit at Epping Stadium, which included the likes of Jon McKain, Sergio van Dijk and senior debutant Awer Mabil.

Heart were reduced to 10 men against the South Australians, after defender Will Abbott was dismissed, and Joe Palatsides side will miss the Tasmanian in central defence today.

However, Heart should have enough fire-power, with captain Josh Groenewald leading a talented young outfit which has featured senior debutants Jeremy Walker, Sam Mitchinson and Ersin Kaya alongside contracted senior midfielders Nick Kalmar and Cameron Edwards in recent matches.

The Canberra-based Institute side languishes in bottom place on the NYL ladder with just four points from one win and one draw in 11 matches and Heart will be confident it can register an impressive performance in the capital.

Match Details Sunday 13 January National Youth League Round 12 Australian Institute of Sport v Melbourne Heart FC AIS Athletics Track, Canberra Kick-Off: 1pm