Y-League: Putting three wins together in Western Sydney


Sitting equal top of the Conference B table, our Foxtel Y-League boys are flying.

A gutsy comeback against the Central Coast Mariners to win 3-1 was Labi Haliti’s side’s first win of the season back in Round 2.

They backed it up with a commanding 2-0 win over Canberra United last weekend, with Maki Petratos laying on goals for brother, Kosta and Kent Harrison.

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A ten round season means that every match is do or die and given that the Jets and this weekend’s opponents, Western Sydney Wanderers, are level on points it’s more important than ever.

In fact, it’s a packed ladder at this early stage with four teams level on six points which means a win could potentially take the Jets to the top of the heap.

Cole Mutton Y-League Canberra United

The Wanderers have lost just the one match so far this season: a 2-1 defeat to the Central Coast Mariners a fortnight ago.

If the Jets can hit the back of the net this weekend, there’s a good chance they’ll take at least a point: Western Sydney haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their three outings so far this season.

Team news

Last weekend was one of the youngest sides to take to the pitch for the Jets Youth so far this Foxtel Y-League season, with just one overage player included.

That man, Mitch Austin, looks like he won’t back up in the youth team again this weekend after he was named in the Hyundai A-League squad for the senior side’s clash with Brisbane Roar on Sunday afternoon.

Pat Langlois didn’t feature last weekend after making the trip to Melbourne with the senior side, but he’s also a chance of travelling with Labi Haliti’s side to Western Sydney.

Last weekend’s midfield duo of Jackson Frendo and Jack Simmons played well together, and both look likely to combine once more on Saturday night.

Another player who looked good in last weekend’s win was Maki Petratos, who chipped in two assists. With a good week of training under his belt, expect the attacker to look sharp on Saturday.  

Maki Petratos Canberra United

From the coach

“Western Sydney had a good win last weekend, and we obviously had a good win too so I’m expecting a good game, and we’re all looking forward to it.

“The boys are showing that they can put into a game what we’re doing in training, it’s a perfect scenario, and to get the result against Canberra that we were after makes it easier.

“We’ve had a good week at training, I think the boys are on a high, everyone’s improving and and we’ll take it one game at a time.

“As a team, we’re doing well and the boys are responding well, I think tomorrow night is another challenge and as a player, that’s what it’s all about. Each week presents a new one, and we’re going in with a lot of confidence.

“I don’t want to single one player out, because everyone has been good and they’re all doing their part. We’re all good, we’re all healthy, and it’s a good position to be in.”