Three A-League youth sides were in action this weekend with the South Australia, Queensland and Western Australian NPL competitions still ongoing despite Victoria and NSW NPL seasons being cancelled.
How did these sides perform over the weekend? Find out below!
NPL affiliate: Adelaide United (NPL South Australia)
This weekend: Adelaide United v MetroStars, September 4, 3:00pm, TK Shutter Reserve
Adelaide United snapped their losing streak over the weekend with a surprise 3-2 victory over third placed side MetroStars.
It was a familiar start for United, scoring the opening goal of the game. It came through midfielder Nestor Irankunda who broke the deadlock in the 14th minute.
Young forward Binyam Kebede would then double United’s advantage in the 39th minute, taking his goal tally to eight goals for the season as he continues his push to break into the A-League side.
Ahead 2-0 at halftime, MetroStars forward Joshua Mori would score the opening goal of the second half, firing home in the 52nd minute.
United would then go two goals ahead again, 17-year-old forward Bernardo Oliveira would score his first goal of the season in the 70th minute.
Mori would score his brace in the 74th minute but couldn’t find another as United held on for a 3-2 victory.
Despite still sitting in ninth position, United are now just three points outside of a top four spot.
NPL affiliate: Brisbane Roar (NPL Queensland)
This weekend: Brisbane Roar v Gold Coast United, September 6, 7:30pm, Coplick Family Sports Park
Brisbane Roar made it back-to-back wins with a convincing three goal victory over former A-League outfit Gold Coast United.
Striker Eli Adams was influential up forward, scoring a brace to help poise the Roar for victory.
He’d break the deadlock in the 44th minute to put his side a goal up at halftime before scoring in the 80th minute to seal the game for the Roar.
Substitute Luke Broderick would score the Roar’s third and final goal in stoppage to time, with the home side running out 3-0 winners.
NPL affiliate: Perth Glory (NPL West Australia)
This weekend: Perth Glory v Inglewood United, September 4, 3:00pm, Crazy Domains Stadium
Perth Glory took out a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Inglewood in a battle between fourth and fifth.
With both teams level on points coming into their clash, the Glory are now a game clear of the top four.
Midfielder Chris Donnell broke the deadlock with his first goal of the season in the 11th minute, firing from outside of the box.
The Glory then doubled their advantage six minutes later, Charlie Leech scoring from a corner before fellow forward Ciaran Bramwell scored the Glory’s third goal in the 20th minute.
The Glory would later score their fourth goal inside the opening half an hour of the first half, Joshua Anasmo goaling in the 29th minute to put the side 4-0 ahead at halftime.
Inglewood would finally get off the mark in the second half, Steve Sokol scoring from the penalty spot.
Down by three goals Inglewood’s day would get worse, the side would be reduced to ten men after Scott Blackmore would be sent off in the 75th minute.
Giordano Colli would then go on the score the Glory’s fifth goal in the 80th minute, to cap off an impressive team performance.
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