Melbourne Heart FC’s National Youth League side will be eager to collect three points this afternoon when they welcome Newcastle Jets to John Cain Memorial Park.
Melbourne Heart FC-s National Youth League side will be eager to collect three points this afternoon when they welcome Newcastle Jets to John Cain Memorial Park
Heart has gone two matches without a win, with its last match on home soil a 4-1 loss to Perth Glory, while Joe Palatsides- side fought valiantly at Hindmarsh Stadium last week to draw 1-1 with Adelaide United-s youth team with 10 men.
“The boys worked really hard last week, we were down to 10 men in the first half and we had to keep our discipline and be really determined in what we did and the boys ground out a really good result,” Palatsides said.
“We were probably a bit unlucky not to come away with a win, but this week is another week and we-re playing one of the better teams.
“Newcastle has started the season really well and have been in the top three so it-s going to be a big test for us.”
Palatsides believes his side, which was finalised late just in time for the season kick off, has been progressing well, adapting to new structures and gelling together in the early stages of the season, but three points will be valuable.
“We want to bounce back,” Palatsides said.
“We-ve played some pretty good football over the past four or five games and I think the boys are up for the challenge.”
“There hasn-t been a game that we haven-t been there until the end.”
Palatsides will lose Stefan Mauk who was sent off for the second time this season last week and will also miss Sam Mitchinson who was part of the senior squad again last night.
Will Abbott is also a concern with an ankle injury, but is likely to feature against the Jets this afternoon.
Match Details Natonal Youth League Melbourne Heart v Newcastle Jets John Cain Memorial Park, Thonbury Kick-off: 3pm