Mixed results for Jacks 18’s and 20’s v Armadale

Mixed results for Jacks 18’s and 20’s v Armadale

Posted on February 27, 2017 in 'News'

There were mixed results for the Jacks under 18’s and 20’s against Armadale in Week 2 of the PS4NPLWA competition.

The under 18’s had their first defeat of the season after going down 2-1 to Armadale. The visitors led at the break but the Jacks levelled 10 minutes into the second half, with a well worked move. Dor Jok from the 16’s squad came on at half time and provided the equaliser on his debut.

Lovely build up play and spreading the field gave Josh Carroll freedom down the right side and he delivered a low cross into the area for Dor to finish. Both sides had chances to win it but a penalty to Armadale gave them the points.

“Disappointing result in our first home game of the season and one that we want to clear from our heads quickly and get back out onto the training field to get ready for the next game,” Coach Dean Pickering said.

“But credit to Armadale, who turned up to play today and wanted it more than we did. With a few players missing from the squad being called up to the reserves team and a few injuries it was a good opportunity for some younger players to join the squad today and even get some game time.

“There were parts of the game where we looked to threaten and go on and win it, but we just weren’t clinical enough on the day. Back onto the training field this week to put the hard work in and get it right for next weekend against Stirling.”

Suez Man of the Match – Danny O’Shea

The under 20’s made it back-to-back wins after hard fought 3-1 win against Armadale. It could have been a perfect start for the Jacks, but James Owen missed a penalty, and it was scoreless at half time.

But early in the second half the Jacks hit the front. Armadale failed to clear a corner, ball fell to Shakeel Alexander on the edge of the box who took a touch to control it, then buried it in the bottom left corner.

They doubled their lead when Ben Johns picked the ball up in midfield and drove at the back four beating three defenders, getting into the penalty are to cut the ball across the 6 yard box for Marco Chadinha to put away.

The Jacks added a third when Armadale failed to clear their lines again and Ben Johns picked up a loose header, beat his marker and then the keeper as he coolly slotted it past him at the near post.

Armadale pulled one back five minutes from time and they then won a penalty late in the game, but missed, giving the Jacks a 3-1 win.

“Very pleased with the performance, we expected a tough game after they beat Glory on the opening day. We created plenty of chances in the first half and missed a penalty so we felt we should have been ahead at the break,” Coach Mark Scanlan said.

“In the second half we were more clinical with the opportunities we created. We controlled possession and dictated the tempo.

“Ben Johns was terrific in central midfield, his game management and decision making allowed us to really find our rhythm. He capped off a man of the match performance with a well taken goal for the third.”

Suez Man of the Match – Ben Johns