United youths chasing title

REFRESHED after last Sunday’s extraordinary comeback against Sydney FC Youth, Gold Coast United Youth are ready to mount a serious challenge on the summit of the football National Youth League this Sunday.

Trailing 3-1 with only five minutes remaining, Gold Coast blitzed Sydney FC with three quick-fire goals to take the seemingly unwinnable match 4-3.

The win moved United into third place, three points behind second-placed Central Coast Mariners and four points away from leaders Perth Glory, but United have played a game less than both their title rivals and have a significantly better goal difference than Perth.

This week’s visitors, Adelaide United, lie in fourth spot on the ladder and were the first team to defeat Mike Mulvey’s youngsters back in round 11, 3-2 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

But according to the United Youth coach there will be no thoughts of avenging their first loss, merely acquiring the three points they need to add more momentum to their title quest.

“We’re really looking forward to the match this week and we will go into it with a lot of confidence, having scored nine goals in our past two games,” Mulvey said. “There’s no sense of wanting revenge; we just want the win. Adelaide will be strong and most likely have some Hyundai A-League players in their side, so it will be another good test for us.”

The Adelaide head-to-head is the first of three games in just six days for Gold Coast United Youth, with a midweek home match against Newcastle the following Thursday (January 14), then an away trip to Sydney just two days later.

The old adage of taking one game at a time is the mantra of the moment for Mulvey, who says taking advantage of his side’s game in hand will be rendered impotent should they fail to secure the points on Sunday.

“There is very little recovery time,” Mulvey said.

“We will rotate the squad as much as we can to make sure everyone is fresh.

“We have to take each game as it comes and not think about the one after.”

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