Kenny Lowe’s faith in youth paying dividends

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With Glory having taken seven points from three home games in a week, the Perth side have seemingly turned a corner.

Michael Thwaite may have just been off with his prediction by saying the club will collect “nine points this week” however it should take nothing away from a string of crucial results.

Before the first match of their blockbuster week, against the Central Coast Mariners, they sat at the foot of the table with only four points to their name.

But with a come-from-behind win over the Mariners, a spirited 1-0 win over reigning champions Melbourne Victory and a character-filled draw with table topping Western Sydney, Glory have been able to propel themselves back in the finals mix.

One trend that stood out during all three of these games was the amount of young players Lowe was able to blood.

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21-year-old ECU Joondalup product Alex Grant has swiftly become a fan favourite due to his no nonsense and robust approach. His teammates have followed suit and taken their opportunities well.

Jamal Reiners became the youngest player in the Hyundai A-League’s history when he inspired the Perth side to their midweek win against Victory, with the 17-year-old providing the assist for Diego Castro.

The impressive performances from the youngsters didn’t end there, as former Newcastle Jets midfielder Mitchell Oxborrow scored his first goal for the club with a simply sublime free-kick against the Wanderers.

Another former ECU player Joe Knowles also made his debut for the club against Western Sydney. The 19-year-old striker is a great finisher, something he’s shown in spades during the NPL season and given more time he’ll be able to flourish.

It’s no secret that Kenny Lowe believes in giving youth a chance but to see it play such a pivotal role in turning their season around is refreshing and encouraging for club and league alike.

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Bryce Conway
21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.