Perfect start for Jacks 18’s and 20’s

Perfect start for Jacks 18’s and 20’s

Posted on February 21, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s and 20’s began the 2017 PS4NPLWA season with wins against Joondalup United on Sunday.

First up Dean Pickering’s 18’s dominated United to win in comprehensive 6-1 win.

Callum Speed opened the scoring early, before a flick from Tom Hough was headed into his own goal by a Joondalup defender to make it 2-0. After half time Speed added his second to make it 3-0, before United pulled one back from a free kick.

But Ethan Casey scored a screamer into the top corner of the net from about 20-yards out, before Chris Ciobanu scored the fifth with Corey Hyde finishing things of to make it 6-1.

Skipper Tom Hough said it was a good first up league performance. “I’m happy with the way all the lads played on the weekend, it was a hot day but we all gave it 100% and that clearly had shown with the score line,” he said.

“We worked the ball well through the midfield leaving us with plenty of opportunities to score more than six on another day. It’s a huge confidence boost for the team heading into next week’s game.”

In his first league game in charge of the 18’s, Coach Dean Pickering said it couldn’t have gone any better. “Sunday was a massive result and a great way to kick start the season for the players and myself in my first game in charge,” he said.

“Under the extreme heat conditions I couldn’t be prouder of my lads as they gave it their all and didn’t stop until the final whistle. It’s the start we were looking for and something we want to keep building on now, many positives to take from the game which and also plenty to take from the game that we can improve on.

“I thought all my players involved today put in a massive shift and all gave it their all during the game, credit to each and everyone one of them for this.

18’s Suez Player of the Match – Callum Speed

The under 20’s made a perfect start and were ahead on seven minutes. James Owen made space down the flank and kept his composure and squared the ball for an onrushing Kieron Craig to fire home from close-range.

They doubled their lead before half time. United didn’t clear their lines and the ball dropped for Declan Hughes to bring down on his chest just inside the box and volley into the roof of the net.

After the break both sides had good chances, and Todd Hoyle was brought into the action producing a number of good saves.

“We knew we had to get off to a good start and we did,” Hoyle said. “In tough conditions I thought we deserved the win and an added bonus keeping a clean sheet hopefully we can carry that on next week.”

Coach Mark Scanlan said his side showed good composure in difficult conditions. “It was important for us to start the season with a win, and we emphasised the importance of keeping our discipline before the game, so I’m thrilled that we were able to keep a clean sheet,” he said.

“It was a real backs to the wall performance at times in the second half, the back four were excellent and Todd Hoyle pulled off a couple of outstanding saves.

“Also a special mention to Stef Vranesevic – The Defender was really ill before the game, but gritted his teeth and got on with it and gave his all for 90 minutes. It’s the type of character and desire we’ll need to be successful this season.

“We caused them a lot of problems all game at the other end and I thought we had at least two decent penalty claims turned down as well.”

20’s – Suez Man of the Match – Todd Hoyle