McGarry leads young Jacks to Preliminary Final

McGarry leads young Jacks to Preliminary Final

Posted on September 6, 2016 in 'News'

A Credentia Construction Man of the Match performance from player/coach Steven McGarry was vital as the Jacks moved into the West Australian Top Four Cup Preliminary Final.

The former St Mirren and Perth Glory midfielder was outstanding in the 5-4 win against Floreat Athena and he said the side showed character and commitment to the cause. “It was a fantastic spectacle for the people at the game, end to end, goals galore, last minute goals and a winner a couple of minutes from the end,” he said. “It really does emphasis the character and desire our lads have at the minute.”

The win was more impressive without leading scorer Gordon Smith, but McGarry said Paddy Doyle came in and put in a good shift, and the players off the bench did likewise. “You’re always going to miss someone like Gordon, who has been outstanding for us this season, but I thought Paddy was excellent,” he said. “We have spoken to him throughout the season about his decision making on the ball, especially in the final third, and how that would lift his game about 20-30%.

“All credit to him he has taken it on board and was a real threat for us, the challenge for him now is can he do it consistently. It just wasn’t Paddy, it was great to see the young lads like Michael and Ollie cone on and play there part at such a crucial part of the game, and make an impact, with Michael getting on the scoresheet.”

Jacks assistant Coach David Tough said the veteran midfielder was outstanding in the nine goal thriller. “Steven was everywhere on Saturday, he set up three of the goals and was exceptional for the whole 120 minutes,” Tough said. “He showed his fitness and he was outstanding on the pitch when we went 2-0 down, his influence on the younger players in our side is vital. “I had to laugh at Eamon Duffy’s comment that he was like the Duracell bunny, but he was everywhere and deservedly won the Credentia Construction Man of the Match.”

McGarry said he is really enjoying his football, and for him to see the young lads perform is driving him on. “I’m really enjoying my football, just like the rest of the lads, and on Saturday there were a lot of good performance, and it great to have guys like Rikki Smith and Ryan Lowry behind me driving the team,” he explained. “They are always passing on information to the younger lads and coaching on the pitch, which I think is essential, and is a vital role the experienced lads have to play.”