All Flags Under 18’s State League Grand Final – Preview

All Flags Under 18’s State League Grand Final – Preview

Posted on October 5, 2012 in 'News'

The under 18’s All Flags State League Grand Final sees league winners ECU Joondalup taking on runners-up Perth Soccer Club.

Joondalup won the league by two points from Perth but it all went wrong for Mark Windeat’s team in the Major Semi-Final, losing 6-1. They hit back last week to beat Stirling Lions 2-0, with a double to

Mitchell McClymans, to set up Saturday’s game and the coach is expecting the boys to bounce back. “It was a good performance last week to beat an impressive Stirling side. We will have to be at our best today, but the players know they can beat Perth, as we have two times this season,” said Windeat.

“The Semi-Final defeat against Perth was tough but they are a very good side. We were the best two teams in the league and both deserve to play out for the championship. So today should be a great game and we hope we can add the top five, to the league winner’s trophy, to our trophy cabinet which would great for the club who are celebrating their 20th anniversary.”

Perth made it to today’s game after a stunning 6-1 win against Joondalup in the Major Semi-Final.  They had begun their quest for the title with a hard fought 2-1 win against Stirling Lions in the Qualifying Final at The E&D Litis Stadium, before the big win against Joondalup.

Coach Gavin Tait has been delighted with his side’s season and hopes to finish it off with a win today. “We are all looking forward to final, it is great that Football West has introduced a Top five competition for the 18’s and Reserves this year, it was something that was missing from these age groups and is a welcome addition.  Our players have been in good spirits all week since getting to the final and I want them to prepare well and enjoy the day,” said Tait.

“We had a terrific team performance in the second half of the last time we played Joondalup however, I’m sure both teams will be confident going into the game. They ECU have also beaten us twice in the league and I don’t think any of the previous games will have much bearing come kick off time.  Both teams have shown remarkable resilience throughout the season and they will both be ready to give their all.”