Jacks under 18’s and 20’s beat Forrestfield

Jacks under 18’s and 20’s beat Forrestfield

Posted on February 5, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s junior sides were also in action on Saturday morning when they took on Forrestfield United at Hartfield Park, and in hot conditions both the under 18’s and 20’s came home with comprehensive wins. Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s came from behind at half time to eventually run out 6-2 winners. 

A hat trick from Sam Pollard, a brace from James Owen and another to Logan McIsaac were the goalscorers and Pollard said it was good hit out for the new look side. “Yes it was a good workout for the boys and get more fitness into our legs ahead of the new league season, and it was more pleasing with the hot conditions as we know it will be hot during the season,” he said. (Photo Declan Hughes in action)

“We were disappointed to be losing at the break. Yes they did score a couple of good goals but we never took our chances in the first half, but we made emends after the break. It was good to get my first goal for the club and to go on score three is good for me, but we’re working extremely hard in training to get our fitness levels up and be ready for the opening game of the season against Joondalup United.”

Scanlan said it was good preparation for the up-coming season and he was happy the way the new look side finished the game. “Overall, I’m pretty happy with the game yesterday, it’s a young side who haven’t played too much football together yet so for us to win quite convincingly was pleasing,” he said.

“There is still plenty to work on before the season starts but there were plenty of positives. Sam Pollard was outstanding yesterday but credit also needs to go to the performance of Declan Hughes, for his discipline and positioning off the ball. He gets himself into good positions to stop the opposition playing and protects the back four.”

It was the Under 18’s first hit out of the season and they ran out 12-1 winners. 18’s Coach Dean Pickering said he was pleased with the first game of the pre-season. “It was our first run out as a team playing together in a competitive match, and also my first game as coach with this team and club,” Pickering said. “Callum Speed bagged five goals which was massive for him and I hope this gives him some extra confidence going forward and into the season. Kieron Craig joined in the scoring getting a quick three goals to his name, while Blake Burgess, Josh Carroll and Mubashir Sheik-Abdi all got one goal each.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start, the lads have 110% from start to end during the game and that is exactly what I asked for. It was a hot morning, but these are the conditions we have been conditioning ourselves for come the season starting. It was a massive win for us 12-1 and is a real credit to the lads putting in that effort and attitude throughout the game and not taking their foot of the pedal.  There is only two weeks out from the first game off the season and the players and I are raring to go.”

Speed said it was good to get on the pitch as a team and he said the service from his team mates made his job easy. “Yes it was great to get five goals, all I needed to do was make the runs and the team knew where to play it all I needed to do was finish, and it’s great for me and my confidence going into the season,” Speed said. “The whole team went out and gave 100%, even though we knew they were in a lower division we still had to put it all in and try our best just like every other week. Dean has been making us put in the hard yards over pre-season but is certainly paying off.”