Smith returns home to help Jacks to finals

Smith returns home to help Jacks to finals

Posted on September 2, 2016 in 'News'

Last week Rikki Smith returned to the club he had called home for a number of years, and helped the Jacks to a 1-0 win against Inglewood United and take the club into the West Australian Top Four Cup Minor Semi-final this weekend.

Smith was outstanding in a strong defensive display and he said the conditions made it difficult. “It was a typical bad weather sort of a game, the wind and rain made it difficult for both sides, but we had to hold firm, and it wasn’t pretty in the first half, and to be fair it wasn’t our best performance,” he explained.

“But we knew if we kept it tight up to the break it would be an advantage to us, and turn them around with the wind behind us after half time. We lost Goggsie which was a massive blew, but we created some good chances, and Paddy (Doyle) came in and did a good job and held the ball up well.”

The defender said the side showed great character to get the late winner, like they have since he joined the club. “We highlighted the wind would be to our advantage in the second half, and if we could swing a few in and test the keeper we might hurt them,” he said.

“But I didn’t think one would go straight in, but we’ll take it, and any goal to win such an important game for the club is a good one. We kept plugging away today, and that’s the believe we have in the team, and we know we can beat anyone in this league, and we’ve beaten nearly everyone this season and our tails are up and we’re going to have real good crack at the finals now.”

It was another clean sheet for the club, making it eleven this season, and Smith said they will be looking for more on Saturday at home in the Minor Semi-Final. “We like our sheet clean down at Joondalup, it was an important one for the club today and we knew if we kept things tight we would be in the game, and if you keep a clean sheet in any game your half way there,” he said.

“If we do our job keep them out, we have danger men all over the park who we know are going to score goals, so we do our job and let those lads get to work at the other end.

“The lads celebrated in the rooms after, and we’ll enjoy it, but we will be back to training Tuesday and we’re not happy with the season yet, we still have a great deal of work today, we take on Floreat next week, in front of our home fans and I know the club are desperate for success, and the payers are too.”

The Jacks host Floreat Athena at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday (03.09.16) 3.00pm kick off