Jacks 18’s and 20’s bow out of State League Cup

Jacks 18’s and 20’s bow out of State League Cup

Posted on June 8, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s and 20’s were both beaten in the Semi-Final of the Belt Up State League Cup at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Monday afternoon.

Derek Johnstone’s under 18’s took on league leaders Bayswater City and despite a gallant effort were beaten 4-2. Harry Blunt got both of the Jacks’ goals, both great finishes.

“I thought we played well today, but we were playing the top side, and in the end, they deserved to win,” Johnstone said.

“We scored a couple of good goals on the day, but it wasn’t enough but I’m really pleased the way the lads went about it today, and we will be aiming to finish the league season off well, starting on Saturday.”

The under 20’s took on Perth Glory and were ahead early with Liam Murray on target. But the Glory hit back with Gomo Dukuly finishing off a great team move. The Glory won it in the final minute in controversial circumstances.

A long ball over the top by Glory was caught by Ciaran Salinger as the linesman had his flag up for offside, and he wanted to get on with the game, but unfortunate the referee hadn’t blown his whistle and referee Brendan Skinner awarded a free kick for handball.

Glory skipper Aiden Edwards stepped up take the free kick and fired home from 25-yards to win it. “To the letter of the law the decision was correct, but it’s still disappointing and a hard one to take,” Jacks under 20’s coach Mark Scanlan said.

“Ciaran wanted to get on with the game and the flag was up, but it was a rash decision and a real heartbreaker for the players who give it everything today.

“We took the lead and had a couple of other chances to go two up, but credit to Glory, they tore us apart for the equaliser, and it was on knife edge in the second half, we hit the woodwork and a couple cleared off the line, so we had chances to win it but it wasn’t to be.”