Jacks Under 18’s get back on track

Jacks Under 18’s get back on track

Posted on June 16, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s bounced back from a four game losing streak with a 4-2 win against Stirling Lions last weekend at Macedonia Park.

Coach Dean Pickering was delighted with his players’ response. “After a disappointing start to the second half of the season Saturday at Stirling was massive,” he said. “It was down to the players now to go out and prove a point and not roll over just yet, and that’s exactly what they did, after a narrow loss to Stirling last time we wanted to come and make sure it didn’t happen again.”

Pickering said they should have been a head early but it wasn’t to be. “We started the game with a bang and it could have been 2-3 nil in the first couple of minutes but could finish our chances. It then could have been another couple of goals within the next 10 mins but credit to the Stirling keeper he kept them in it,” he explained.

“After thinking to myself, this just isn’t going to be our day, Ewan Fawcett went on a blistering solo run down the right hand side cut into the box and calmly finished and gave us the lead we thoroughly deserved. Within 10 minutes of this goal Stirling get 2 corners a few minutes apart and scored two goals, poor decision making and bad positioning cost us and we were not behind.

“Tom Hough levelled the game up on the half hour, heading in at the back post and the game was back on, and five minutes before half time Chris Ciobanu drove down the left hand side broke away from two defenders and slotted the ball near post to make it 3-2 to us going into the break.

Second half saw the game open up and stretch even more with Stirling searching for their 3rd goal. We managed to hang on for the second half and substitute Dor Jok hit a strike from about 20 yards out only to have it take a deflection and wrong foot the keeper to make it 4-2. It was the bit of luck we were after, and a game we deserved to win.”!

Pickering said he players fought the game out well and is looking forward to the next challenge at Inglewood. “Credit to the lads, going out and getting the job done, we know as a group now with nine games to go, there is plenty of points to play for and that the season isn’t over till that final whistle – Looking forward to another massive test this week away to Inglewood.”

In the other game an unmanned under 20’s fought out an entertaining 0-0 draw with Stirling. Coach Mark Scanlan said they battled well and could have won it late. “I thought we were unlucky to not walk away with three points, however we were suffering from a lack of numbers before kick-off. Some lads had to play a double game with the 18s & 20s so we were lacking a cutting edge up front,” he said.

“But credit to Callum Speed, who showed real grit and determination, even though his legs had gone. We kept a clean sheet and moved the ball well and went agonisingly close to a winner from Ben Hinshelwood, with the last kick of the game, so I can’t complain, the boys did their best and I can’t fault any of them.”