Y-League Preview: Perth v City

Melbourne City FC will be looking to close out its Y-League season with a win this Sunday afternoon at Dorrien Gardens.

It hasn’t been the season City had hoped for, but the first win came last round against Melbourne Victory in the second youth derby of the season.

City went down in the first half when Victory striker Ryan Lethlean scored the opener with a header from close range.

Gianluca Iannucci’s curling free kick cancelled this out just before half-time with the teams going into the break level.

Lucas Byrns gave City the lead in the 47th minute before getting the assist for Moudi Najjar’s goal just 14 minutes later with a perfectly placed cross which the striker easily tapped home from the edge of the six yard box.

Victory found a second in the 95th minute but there were just seconds remaining and City held on for the win.

This was City’s best performance of the season and was also the most goals they had scored in a game since the season opening 6-6 draw against this week’s opponents, the Perth Glory.

Like City, this season hasn’t gone to plan for Perth who are sitting at the bottom of conference A and are still yet to bring up a win, sitting on just two points.

The Glory have struggled at both ends of the pitch, having scored the least goals in the conference and also having conceded the most.

They will be eager to finish their season on a high note, but City will also be looking to finish the season strongly by picking up their second win in a row.

With a handful of players still away with the Olyroos, City’s Y-League team will be far from full strength with a number of regulars likely to be on the bench for the first team on Saturday night, hence not making the trip to Perth for Sunday’s game.

This could provide opportunities for the likes of Sam Morrison, Luke Oresti and Akok Arok to showcase their talent after having limited chances to do so earlier in the season.

Match Details

Foxtel Y-League – Conference A: Round 10

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Dorrien Gardens, Perth

Kick Off: 1:30pm (10:30am local time)