ECU Joondalup under 14’s beat Sorrento to win Top Four Cup

ECU Joondalup under 14’s beat Sorrento to win Top Four Cup

Posted on September 16, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 14’s held their nerve to beat Sorrento on penalties to win the PS4NPLWA Top Four Grand Final.

The Jacks led when Khuiral made a bursting run down the right, and he cut the ball back to Ethan Sauire who made a darting run into the box, and he fired into the roof of the net. It looked like they would win it normal time, but Sorrento levelled from the penalty spot, but the youngsters win the tense penalty shoot-out.

“It was a testing game due to the nerves of the occasion,” assistant coach Jesse Hesford said. “The hard work the boys have put in at training soon showed and we got into our stride, however the final ball was never there.

“We had progressed through the finals games with two narrow 1-0 wins previously and it looked much the same before conceding a sloppy penalty.

“Again all the praise goes to the boys, who stepped up to the penalty shoot-out and a special mention to keeper George, who stood tall when it was do or die, and our Captain Andreas for scoring the winning penalty, which was a good outcome to a terrific season.”

Skipper Andreas Lagos was born in Chile, and came to Australia three years ago and since then has played for the Jacks and has been outstanding at the heart of the defence. The defender said it was a great season for the side. “This year we had to deal with a new championship format and a group of new players. We started the season very well, but we had injury and performance problems throughout it,” he said. “Our coaches were able to form a very united group of players, very hungry to win, helping us to achieve our best performances for the finals.”

The finals were difficult for the side, and they beat runaway and unbeaten league leaders Stirling Lions in the Preliminary Final and Lagos said they were all determined and they got the results and he was happy to lead the side to victory. “In football there are no invincible teams, and when you are convinced of victory, anything is possible,” he said. “We knew we could win the final, and we knew that Sorrento is a very good team, but I was really happy we could lift the cup. Being the ECU captain and have the opportunity to kick the winning penalty was a privilege, but I am more proud of the way we played as a team never giving in and playing our style of football until the end.”

Coach Willie Herd and Jesse Hesford have worked really hard to improve the players over the season and Lagos said it was great to win the game for them. “Our coaches were our mentors and guides throughout the season, they gave us confident in our qualities and taught us you don’t need to be the most talented, but if you have the right attitude and hunger every game and every training session nothing will stop you,” he explained. “So it was a nice way to end the season winning the final for them to thank them for all they did for us.”