Jacks trio impress in Heritage Cup game say’s McGarry

Jacks trio impress in Heritage Cup game say’s McGarry

Posted on August 19, 2016 in 'News'

The WA State side were edged out 1-0 by Perth Glory on Wednesday evening, and the three ECU Joondalup players selected in the squad, all impressed on the night.

Skipper Ryan Lowry, striker Gordon Smith and keeper Lewis Italiano all played their part in the state side, which really took it up to the A-League side, but Chris Harold’s goal just before half time won it for Kenny Lowe’s side. (Photo Gordon Smith and Rhys Williams challenge for the ball – Vince Caratozzolo/www.fotoenzo.com)

Former Glory and ECU player Coach Steven McGarry, who was an assistant coach for the state side in the game, said the Jacks trio played well and did the club proud. “I thought our three lads were excellent, and can be proud of their contribution,” he said. “Ryan defended superbly, and was one of the best performers on the night, against a lively top two in Andy Keogh and Joe Knowles.

“Gordon’s link up play was great and he was unlucky not to have scored on a couple of occasions. He had a great strike that was heading for the top corner, which was brilliantly saved by Nick Feely, and had another header at the back post.

“Lewis came on at half time and came and collected a few dangerous crosses into the box to take the pressure off the team when needed, and made two great saves to keep the Glory at bay, so all contributed to a good State side performance.”

McGarry said it was a great honour to help Head Coach Chris Coyne on the night and he said the PS4NPLWA players were outstanding. “It was good competitive game and even in the tricky conditions, both teams played good football at times,” he said.

“The players, the coaching staff were all disappointed not to get our hands on the trophy, as we caused them problems, created good chances and performed really well, considering we only had two training sessions together.”

Click here to watch the Football West video on the Heritage Cup game.