Jacks under 18’s beaten in seven goal thriller

Jacks under 18’s beaten in seven goal thriller

Posted on March 22, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s produced a great fight back against Floreat Athena on Saturday afternoon but fell one short, going down 4-3 in a seven goal thriller.  

Coach Dean Pickering said they were ready for a big game. “The lads went into the game looking positive and ready for a big performance after recent results. We knew it was going to be a tough performance away from home against a Floreat side who always provide a tough battle,” he said. “Unfortunately we conceded two quick goals within the first seven minutes, which made our task even harder. Credit to my boys after this point we took control of the game and started to play football and got into the game and creating some good opportunities.”

In the 35th minute we had great possession and good build up play getting us into the wide area to deliver a great cross where youngster Ben Hinschelwood making his debut for the team met the ball cleanly and volleyed home. It was 2-1 and we were back in them game and very unlucky to not go into half time level with the chances we created.

In the second half we knew that if we got an early goal we would rattle Floreat and have them on the back foot, but again the first few minutes we fell asleep and conceded a scrappy goal. Then 10 minutes later we conceded another goal from a long ball over the top with the defence and keeper not clearing and the Floreat striker to finish into an empty net.

Credit to my boys from this point on we pushed and worked hard to get back into the game but we left it too late with two quick goals from Callum Speed and Mubashir not enough to get us back into the game finishing 4-3.

“We have to get better straight from the first whistle and not concede silly goals so soon. For most parts of the game we controlled it but once again not doing ourselves any favours by conceding early and not being clinical enough in the final third,” Pickering said. “Positive signs and plenty to work on this week, but we go again and will look for a better result next weekend.”