Hirrell and Whitmore set for big clash

Hirrell and Whitmore set for big clash

Posted on April 13, 2019 in 'News'

The Jacks are at home on Saturday when they host Bayswater City in Week five of the NPLWA at the ECU Football Stadium. (3.00pm)

Dale McCulloch’s side are coming off back-to-back draws, with last minute goals in both games, and they deserved more. Defender Cian Hirrell has been outstanding at the back this season and he said last week’s draw was disappointing. “It was a devastating blow for the lads being 2-0 with only three minutes to go, I thought we defending so well for 80 minutes we just starting to fatigue last 15 which obviously cost us,” he said.

“It’s the second week in a row we have conceded after the additional minutes so that makes it harder to take, so we need to start turning these draws into wins which I think we will start doing, but saying that we did have a very new squad this season so it taken us a few games to gel together.”

Hirrell said Saturday’s game against Bayswater is important, and they will be looking for three points to kick start their season. “I’m looking forward to this week against Bayswater because we tend to have very intense close games against them,” he said. “Both teams could do with a win and will be going for it, and I know what they are like and they should be a lot more worried played against us then us them. A few of my good mates play for them but I feel they like the ideas of a big game more than actually playing in it, but we will see come Saturday who’s up for it, on thing I’m sure of, it will be an interesting game of football.”

Last week Scott Wallis and Ewan Fawcett started, while Kian McGuigan came off the bench, and all made their senior debuts for the club and all played well which bodes well for the season. One of the players missing was Josh Whitmore, who was attending his mates wedding, but he returns this week and said they need to bounce back from the last two weeks.

“The last two games have felt like losses because of the last-minute goals we have conceded,” he said. “I feel we have been unlucky but we know we have to make our own luck if we want to be challenging for the league this year, so we need to start showing more experience in games and close games out better than we have been.”

Whitmore said Saturday will be another tough game but one the players have been looking forward to. “I think all the lads have been looking forward to this game since the fixtures came out, and I’m sure the lads returning will be as much up for the game as we are,” he explained. “They have some quality players but so do we, and I’m sure it will be a very competitive game. We’ve trained well this week and know it will be a great chance for us to pick up three points.”