Jack’s under 20’s look for more cup success

Jack’s under 20’s look for more cup success

Posted on September 8, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 20’s will play Perth SC in the 2018 McInerney Ford Under 20’s Top Four Grand Final at Frank Drago reserve on Saturday afternoon (12.45pm).

They beat Saturday’s opponents 4-0 in the Major Semi-Final last weekend, but Coach Mark Scanlan said it’s going to be another tough game, but they are ready for it. “We’re really looking forward to the match on Saturday. We’ve prepared well during the week and we’re well rested,” he explained. “We hope to put on a performance that does justice to the remarkable season we’ve had. The Top Four Cup would be the icing on the cake.”

Jacks keeper Jack Nunn produced a couple of great saves when the Semi-Final was in the balance, but he said it was a great team performance. “From back to front we were great last week, it could have gone either way, with Perth having two great chances early on,” he said. “But I have to really appreciate the back four I’ve had all season, and we’ve been sharp all year round and I’m hoping for same outcome on Saturday.

“We know it’s going to be another tough one and I think Perth will want get back at us after the results last week. But we’ve had a great week in training and I know everyone off us want this trophy more than any other team we’ve came against.”

It’s a young 20’s side this season but the calming influence of midfielder Ronald Rixer, who has returned from injury, has given the side some extra bite going into the finals. He said the win last week was well-deserved. “Perth applied plenty of pressure on us at the start of the game, and thankfully Jack was there to save us from an early deficit. It’s difficult to turn the momentum of a game which was so heavily in favour in Perth, but a very professional performance from the team did exactly that,” he explained.

“Once we found ourselves on the front foot we started creating more and more chances and it was only a matter of time before they started going in. Overall it was a very mature and professional performance from the boys to score four goals and keep a clean sheet, I’m sure Mark was happy with the result.”

Rixer said to play the same team three times in three weeks makes for an interesting affair. “Teams are easily able to identify strengths and weaknesses in their opponents that can’t be fixed in such a small time, so the coaches had their work cut out for them in the lead up,” he said.

“Regardless, it’s always an interesting prospect coming up against Perth who have shown their ability throughout the season and it will definitely be a great spectacle this weekend. Both teams have their work cut out for them, as a previous result has no bearing on a cup final. Good luck to all the coaches and players involved for the final game of the 2018 season.”

From the everyone at ECUC – Good luck to Mark, Jon and the boys!!!!!