Jacks host Perth SC in Week 12 of the NPL-WA

Jacks host Perth SC in Week 12 of the NPL-WA

Posted on May 5, 2018 in 'News'

The Jacks are at home again in Week 12 of the NPL-WA on Saturday afternoon when we host Perth Soccer Club at The ECU Football Stadium. (3pm)

Both sides are coming off disappointing results, and both were beaten on Wednesday evening, Perth losing to Inglewood, while ECU were beaten by Balcatta.

It’s been a tough few weeks for the Jacks, with back-to-back defeats but on Wednesday the side were missing Steven McGarry, Ross Millard, Shane Cassidy, Adam Tong and Andy Higgins and we will be hoping some or all are available this week.

Midfielder Declan Hughes, who has been outstanding in the middle of the park this season, said they need to lift for the visit of Perth. “It’s been a very bad week for us as a team with two results we’re not at all pleased with,” he said. “The injuries and suspensions don’t help and they all came at once, but we can’t blame it on that.”

Hughes said they need to put in a strong performance against Perth and believes they will.  “Every game in the league is a tough one and Saturday will be a huge test,” he said. “We can’t do anything about the last two games, but we will learn from it and hopefully we can get a good result against Perth and get our season back on track.”

Head Coach Dale McCulloch said they had spoke at length after the game on Wednesday and at training on Thursday, and he hopes they have addressed a few issues and they move on, and we will be looking for a response today against a very good Perth side.

“We are coming off two disappointing home performances and we need to improve across the board as those sort of performances are not acceptable,” he said. “You can point out we were missing five first team players through injury and suspension, but we have a strong squad and the way we conceded in both games was really unlike us.

“It’s a busy time for every club and yes we’ve played five games in two weeks, but it’s been the same for everyone, so we can’t use that as an excuse. But I’m confident we can turn this around, we are a proud club and the supporters deserve more and we will be doing all we can to get back in the winner’s circle today.”

Get down early to the campus with Derek Johnstone’s under 18’s taking on Perth at 11am, while Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s kick off at 1pm – The first team is at 3pm