Jacks under 20’s back in the winner’s circle

Jacks under 20’s back in the winner’s circle

Posted on March 22, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 20’s bounced back from last week’s first loss of the season with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Floreat Athena at the E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Jacks took control early and hit the front when Floreat failed to clear a Declan Hughes free kick on the edge of the box, Logan McIsaac did well to keep the ball in and crossed it back across the face of goal for Declan Hughes to arrive at the back post and score. (photo – Shakeel Alexander in action)

They added a second when good combination play starting with the back four, saw Keylun Pollard put in behind the Floreat defence, he crossed for an on-rushing James Owen. Floreat keeper could only punch the ball straight in the air under pressure from Owen and Shakeel Alexander headed in the rebound. It was 3-0 before the break – Sam Pollard picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty box after Floreat failed to clear again, he beat two players to set up Jayden Drummond to stroke the ball into the bottom corner from about 12-yards.

Floreat came out strong after the break and keeper Williams Parkes made a number of fine saves to keep them at bay. The return of Sam Pollard was another bonus for the side and he added the fourth late on. Some good defending by Fraser Garnaut saw the Jacks pinch the ball at the halfway line and counter attack. Fraser combined with Jayden Drummond twice to get to the edge of the box, Jayden then played a first time ball with the outside of his foot to Sam Pollard who did well to stay onside and showed good composure to finish well.

Coach Mark Scanlan said it was a good response from his players. “We were desperate to make amends for the result against Inglewood last week so I’m very pleased with the response from the boys. This was the strongest side we’ve been able to put together so far this season and there are still a few players to come in so competition for spots is going to be fierce,” he said.

“I thought we controlled the game from the very start and to be honest I think we could have gone on and scored more goals, I was very happy to have Sam Pollard back after he spent 3 weeks away on trial in Spain. He gives us real quality on the ball and an energy and desire to get in the box and score goals from midfield. We’re all looking forward to the derby against Sorrento on Saturday.”

Defender Shakeel Alexander said it was good to bounce back from last week’s defeat. “It was a great performance from the boys who showed resilience to come away with the win following a disappointing loss against Inglewood last week,” he said. “It was important for us to forget about the result from last week and continue focusing on our specific goals heading into each fixture.

We were switched on from kick-off and managed to score 2 early goals which set the pace for the rest of the game. We controlled most of the game and moved the ball well which troubled the opposition.

“It was a real test for us to maintain discipline after being ahead so early in the game. The boys maintained concentration where we were able to achieve a well-deserved and pleasing clean sheet. I believe our performances since the start of the season shows that we are a real threat for the title and hopefully we can use this momentum to secure 3 points in the derby against Sorrento this week.”