Under-20s silver lining for Coast

TO add injury to the insult of a 2-0 loss to “poor cousins” North Queensland Fury on Sunday, Gold Coast United has lost midfielder Robson Alves Da Silva for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

He was forced off just before the half-time whistle when, despite seeing most of the ball, United was unable to hold back the golden boot of Fury striker Robbie Fowler.

GCU coach Miron Bleiberg said that there was nothing wrong with his team’s attitude or work ethic, rather it was just a frustrating day at the office.

“The ball didn’t bounce for us today,” he said.

“I was proud of the way we continued to try and get back into the game even when we were two-nil down.”

The under-20s had more luck, pulling off an impressive 2-1 triumph over the Australian Institute of Sport in Southport on Sunday to retain their unbeaten record.

The victory moves the young guns into third spot on the National Youth League ladder.

The fast-paced game began with United attacking, but it wasn’t long before both teams created goal-scoring opportunities.

AIS was the first to put points on the board with Eli Babalji’s boot packing enough pace to beat Jerrad Tyson in the United Goal.

Soon the United boys became ignited as they levelled the score with a 25-metre cracker from Mitch Bevan.

With their confidence growing United’s Chris Harold scored in the 68th minute, sealing his team’s victory.

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