Adelaide United Youth Captain, Louis D’Arrigo, says it has been a real honour to lead the team for the Foxtel Y-League 2018/19 season.
Following a Round 2 bye, the Young Reds take on Brisbane Roar Youth at Eric Evans Reserve looking to consolidate their dramatic 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory in the opening game of the season.
Brisbane have experienced mixed results from their first two games, losing to Perth Glory before beating Melbourne City 2-0.
D’Arrigo said the Roar provide a tough test, but was confident his side could get the job done.
“I always love looking forward to a big challenge,” D’Arrigo said.
“It’s going to be a big game I think and hopefully we can get the three points away from home which is always good.”
The match is expected to be played in stifling conditions, with the forecast tipped to reach the mid-30s, adding another challenge.
D’Arrigo believed the key to overcoming Sunday’s opponents and enjoying success this year was to be clinical in attack.
“I think it’s going to be a very tough game,” he said.
“We just have to go out there and believe that we’re going to win.
“We’ve a young squad this year and we just have to be ruthless in front of goal and that’s how we’re going to win games.”
Head Coach, Paul Pezos, entrusted the 17-year-old to lead the side and it is a responsibility he is relishing.
“I love leading the team,” D’Arrigo said.
“Even though I’m the youngest in the team, I still think the youngest and even the oldest still have a role to do – everyone has a role to do.
“And at the end of the day I’m just wearing the Captain’s armband.
“So I think everyone is a leader on the pitch but I love being captain, it’s a big step up but you’ve got to be up for it.”
D’Arrigo, who is on a scholarship contract with the Club’s senior side, said he was hoping consistent performances in the Foxtel Y-League would translate into making a strong case for selection in the senior side.
“I haven’t made a (Hyundai A-League) squad yet this year,” he continued.
“So I’m just aiming to get as fit as I can and play as many games as I can.
“And hopefully this year I can get a game in the A-League.
“That’s my goal, I just have to keep performing and keeping playing well and I’m sure I know I’ll get there.”
Adelaide United Youth face Brisbane Roar in Round 3 of the Foxtel Y-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 25 November at Eric Evans Reserve. Kick-off is at 3.00pm ACDT.