Young custodian playing for keeps at Pride

HAVING only missed one National Premier League game this season, Andres Pascoe believes he has made steady progress with the Western Pride.

Being goalkeeper when your team is doing it tough can be extra challenging.

However, the first-year Pride player has remained committed during his 20 state league matches which have resulted in four wins.

"I feel like I've been playing pretty solid recently,'' Pascoe said, most pleased with his recent performance against Brisbane City.

"The last five or 10 games I've been pretty happy with."

Pascoe, 20, has appreciated time spent with head coach Kasey Wehrman who is heading to Norway after completing his club commitments.

"He's a really good personal coach and also practically as well," Pascoe said.

"There's always a purpose, what we do on the field. That's what I enjoy."

The 12th placed Pride will need more of that purpose when they tackle fifth-placed FNQFC at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex tonight.

Apart from wanting a reward for their recent on-field efforts, Pride are showing their community values through a Yellow Hearts Day at the Flinders View venue.

Pride players will wear yellow jerseys as part of a fundraising drive for the children of the late Allison Baden-Clay.

Yellow match balls will also be used during a number of carnival-style activities.

Spectators are invited to also wear yellow - Allison's favourite colour.

Matches start at 2.30pm with the main game at 7pm.

Proceeds from a gold coin donation will be added to the trust fund set up to assist the children's education and future expenses.

Fireworks and other entertainment are planned.

Pride has received support from the Ipswich City Council, River 94.9, Football Ipswich, uhlsport, Western Aquatics Swim Club, Ripley Valley Fire Brigade, West Moreton Anglican College, Hogs Breath Cafe and Magical Memorabilia.

Pascoe was happy to sign the jersey being auctioned as part of the Yellow Hearts Day efforts.

With a few matches left in the season, the Pride goalkeeper is unsure where he will play next season. However, he has enjoyed his stint at Pride.

"We just want to produce as good performances as we can, go into next season strong," he said.

"We've been playing well lately, so we deserve to win.

"Pride has been good. It's a good team."

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