Hyundai A-League friendlies wrap: Glory teenager steals the show

A 17-year-old defender and a marquee Spaniard were the standouts as Perth Glory ended their tour of Malaysia with another big win on Wednesday night.

Little-known Zayd Farah and Diego Castro both scored doubles as Glory put seven goals past the Sarawak State Team at the Stadium Negeri.

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Elsewhere, Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar couldn’t be split in their pre-season hitout on the Gold Coast, while Victory drew a blank in their clash against a Victorian NPL heavyweight.

It’s all here in our friendlies wrap from a busy Wednesday for some of the Hyundai A-League club.

GLORY UNEARTH NEW GEM IN BIG WIN

Spanish playmaker Diego Castro scored a brace while a teenager defender also caught the eye as Perth Glory ended their tour of Malaysia with a 7-0 drubbing of the Sarawak State Team on Wednesday night.

Glory, who also put seven goals past local Premier League side Sarawak FA on the weekend, scored inside two minutes through a Castro penalty and didn’t let up.

17-year-old Zayd Farah also made a stunning impact for Tony Popovic’s men, scoring a first-half double of his own as the Hyundai A-League outfit led 6-0 at half-time.

Portuguese winger Fabio Ferreira and Chok Dau were the other players to get on the scoresheet in the first 45 minutes.

Popovic made six changes at the break – including bringing on new defender Tomislav Mrcela – with another of the substitutes Yagoub Mustafa completing the rout 18 minutes from time.

ALL SQUARE ON THE GOLD COAST

Sydney FC warmed up for next week’s FFA Cup clash in Cairns with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar in a behind-closed-doors friendly at CBUS Super Stadium on Wednesday.

New recruit Trent Buhagiar continued his impressive form for the Sky Blues, notching his third goal of the pre-season with the opener on 17 minutes.

Excellent build-up play featuring Josh Brilliante, Alex Brosque, Milos Ninkovic and Michael Zullo ended with the left-back’s pinpoint cross being headed home by Buhagiar.

Both sides created chances in an open encounter, with Roar restoring parity 12 minutes from the end when midfielder Stefan Mauk headed in Jack Hingert’s cross.

It was Mauk’s first goal in Roar colours since joining John Aloisi’s side in the off-season.

VICTORY HELD BY NPL’S GREENS

Melbourne Victory were unable to break down a resolute Bentleigh Greens outfit as the two FFA Cup Round of 16 sides played out a goalless draw at Kingston Heath on Wednesday night.

In a good hitout for both sides ahead of their FFA Cup matches next Tuesday, Victory had the better of the chances but were unable to find a way past Greens custodian Ryan Scott.

Both Terry Antonis and Kenny Athiu squandered excellent chances in the first half, while young substitute Jack Palazzolo rattled the crossbar after the break.

And Kevin Muscat’s men almost paid for the profligacy five minutes from time as only a goal-line clearance from left-back Corey Brown stopped Josh Meeker’s effort going in for Bentleigh.

Victory – possibly with Keisuke Honda in their squad - travel to Sydney to play NSW NPL side APIA Leichhardt in the FFA Cup Round of 16 next week, while the Greens are also on the road against Broadmeadow Magic.