Adelaide United Youth face off against West Adelaide in Round 10 of the South Australian National Premier League 2018 Season, away from home on Saturday at Rushworth Reserve.
The Young Reds are raring to go this week against West Adelaide, with spirits at a high after a series of wins rocketed them into the top half of the table.
United find themselves with a four-game unbeaten streak, after some great performances, including last Sunday’s draw against Adelaide Olympic at home.
Young Reds boss, Paul Pezos, was reflective on the result at home, believing that the shared points were a fair reflection of the game.
“I thought it was a fair result, especially once the full-time whistle went, although, at the beginning we had a lot of chances early on,” Pezos said.
“Credit to them because they bounced back and put in a solid performance against us but overall I’m happy with our performance.”
Pezos was eager to mention the four game unbeaten run, but was also sure to maintain that results were second to player improvement.
“We’re in good form at the moment, but we’ve been positive from the outset and we’re just trying to keep going and growing and making these boys better players,” he said.
The unbeaten run is sure to give the boys a lot of confidence going into their away fixture against West Adelaide this weekend.
Pezos was sure that the tough game would bring out the best in his players and was quick to give kudos to the opposition ahead of the hard fixture.
“It’s going to be a tough game and they’ve got a good new coach, who was my assistant coach when I was at West Adelaide,” he revealed.
“He understands the game well and they’re a disciplined team, but if we play at our best we’ll be hard to match.
“Take nothing away from them that they’ve got a lot of quality players and they’re a good outfit, with experienced players that can change the game.”
Charlie Devereux, after a year of great performances and much promise, was jointly awarded the Youth Player of the Year at Adelaide United’s Awards Night on Tuesday.
Devereux was happy to have won, but was quick to mention those who helped him on the journey towards the award.
“I feels good, it’s always nice to win things like that but more so I think it makes individuals like me appreciate what we have, in terms of teammates and coaches,” Devereux said.
“As well as the infrastructure and people around us that we have at the club.
“For me it just filled me with gratitude for the things we have and the opportunities we’ve been given, rather than me feeling good about myself.”
Pezos was very pleased with Devereux, and spoke fondly of the young players performances, as well as his supporting teammates.
“I thought he did quite well over the year for us, it was quite close, there wasn’t too much separating him and other players,” he said.
“I’m very happy for him, he deserved it and it has to be said that without his teammates that award can’t be possible, and I think he knows that.
“He’s a humble guy, and he keeps striving to become a professional player.”
Devereux was also enthusiastic ahead of the away game against West Adelaide, especially with the good form of the team.
“We’re pretty confident, we’re not really thinking about a result, we’re more just playing our game and that’s been working for us,” he continued.
“If you focus on wins and losses I find it can be more of a detriment and we know we can beat anyone on our day.
“We’re confident and we know that if we go there and play to the best of our ability we can come away with the three points.”
Adelaide United Youth face West Adelaide Stadium in Round 10 of the National Premier League 2018 season on Saturday, 28 April at Rushworth Reserve. Kick-off is at 3:00 PM ACDT.