Jacks go looking for Glory in NPL

Jacks go looking for Glory in NPL

Posted on July 27, 2019 in 'News'

After last week’s break for the Cup Final the Jacks are back into NPL WA action on Saturday when they travel to E&D Litis Stadium to take on Perth Glory.

The Jacks are unbeaten in their last five games, and go into the game full of confidence, while Glory haven’t won in their past five games so this one should be a tight game.

Jacks defender Shane Cassidy has been outstanding this season and he said they are ready for the challenge and making up the points lost in the 2-2 draw at Rockingham City last weekend.

“Saturday’s game will be tough, but we are nearly back to a full squad now and had two good sessions to prepare for the Glory,” he said.

“We were disappointed to drop points last weekend and the coaching staff are looking for a reaction this weekend and three points would be perfect considering how tight the league is.

“We have had a good second half of the season but so have the teams around us so we just need to keep plugging away and start turning draws into wins. We know that if we turn up and add that little bit of extra quality that’s been on and off this year to our performances, we can beat anyone.”

Midfielder Ollie Annis returned from injury this month, and he has been given a new role on the pitch and he’s enjoying it. “Yes, I’m enjoying playing in the middle of the park, we have found a group that works well together going forward and backwards,” he explained.

“It’s good to see the boys getting some rewards for performances, but it’s only going to get harder with a tough run coming up where we need to get some wins behind us

“A win against Glory would be massive for us, it’s very close around us so three points would be huge. But the way we’ve been playing and training the last couple of weeks I believe we can get the job done.”

Striker Joe Knowles returned to the starting side last week at Rockingham after a long-term knee injury, and bagged a goal, his fourth of the season in only seven games. He said it was good to be back but hurt his other knee early in the game, but managed to play on.

“Yes, my first game back after 12 weeks out with an injured MCL to the right leg, and in the first five minutes I injured my left knee winning the penalty,” he explained.

“But I played through a bit of pain, but glad to have got a goal and thought we were very unlucky not to get all three points.

“So, Saturday’s game against Glory is an important one, and we know it’s going to be tough. We know they like to play the ball around and keep possession but we have a game plan and if we stick to it, we will be fine.”

There is also a massive game in the under 20’s with Jon Higgins’ side taking on league leaders Glory, and there is only three points separate the sides on the table. “It’s a huge game for us on Saturday, and the lads are looking forward to it,” he said.

“We are on a good run of form, with only one defeat in the last seven games, but we were disappointed in dropping points at Rockingham last time out, but we will be doing all we can to get a positive result on Saturday.” – Get along and support the Jacks!!!!

Match Details

Under 18’s – Kick off 11.00 am

Under 20’s – Kick off 1.00 pm

First Team – Kick off 3.00 pm