Jacks end the season at Perth SC

Jacks end the season at Perth SC

Posted on August 26, 2017 in 'News'

It’s the final round of the PS4NPLWA on Saturday and the Jacks make the trip to Dorrien Gardens to take on Perth Soccer Club. After last week’s 1-1 draw against Glory the Jacks will be looking to end the season on a high with a win at Perth, who have already secured a spot in the McInerney Ford Top Four Finals.

Skipper Gordon Smith said they are going out to end the season with three points. “We are looking to finish the season on a high after being unbeaten in the last 4 games,” he said.

“With us missing a couple through suspension and injury there may be an opportunity for some of the younger boys to get some game time and valuable experience. We are in good form and can beat anyone on our day, but Perth have some dangerous players and it won’t be easy, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Defender Graham Doran missed last week’s game with injury but he is fit for Saturday’s game. “The injury is all good, and it feels 100% this week, the rest did it good,” he said. “We’re hoping to end the season on a high with a win and continue our unbeaten run into next season,” he said.

“With Daryl going on trial oversea, and Kevin Moon suspended we were struggling for numbers, but with Tommy Amphlett back training this week it has been a massive boost to the squad and he’s pushing for a Jersey on Saturday.

The last time we played at the Gardens we came home with a 0-0 draw, but had chances to win it.  The Jacks, who were on a four game winning streak, dominated early in the game, Gordon Smith firing inches wide in the opening minute, before Daryl Nicol shot flashed inches past the post moments later. Tommy Amphlett and Shane Pickering also had chances, as ECU totally dominated the hosts.

Perth opened brightly after halftime with former ECU winger Hayley Orr coming on at the break and they thought they had the lead on 56 minutes. A free kick from Theodosiades was flicked in by Orr at the back post and the Perth players celebrated, but after consulting with his assistant, referee Matthew Southern disallowed the goal for offside. The Jacks hit back and Cian Hirrell’s long-range shot fell kindly to Nicol, who raced into the area, but Soale stood tall to save well to deny the Scottish striker.

The Jacks dominated late and Nicol fired wide at the back post after a quick free kick from Andy Higgins, and moments later Nicol had the opportunity to make emends for his miss when he was sent into goal by Amphlett but again Soale was out quick to save well. It was backs to the wall for Perth and in the final minute the Jacks went close to the winner. Amphlett finding Annis, whose first time shot was superbly tipped over by Soale.