Jacks head to Floreat in Round Two of NPL Top-Six

Jacks head to Floreat in Round Two of NPL Top-Six

Posted on September 16, 2020 in 'News'

The Jacks will be looking to build on Saturday’s big win against Armadale when they travel to E&D Litis Stadium tonight to take on Floreat Athena in round two of the NPLWA top six. (7.00pm)

The 6-0 win against Armadale was a perfect start for Kenny Lowe’s side and midfielder Sami Riak said it was a good team performance.

“The big win against Armadale was brilliant and I thought it was a superb team performance throughout the whole 90 minutes, which we didn’t do the last time we played them earlier in the season,” he explained.

“But in saying that we knew that prior to the game we could definitely get a win just based on how we’ve been playing lately, so it was a good start to the top six.”

Riak said Floreat will be hurting after a loss in the first game, but they are ready for the challenge. “We know Floreat will definitely be up for a fight, because they’re one of the top teams in the league this season,” he said.

“We also know that the defeat to Sorrento won’t change their approach so it’ll be tough however we’re solely focus on ourselves and we will be going there on Wednesday night to try get a win and continue on our good run.

“But we will definitely need to perform to our best, keep to our principles and standards in term of the way we play for the whole 90 plus minutes to get the right result.”

A clean sheet against Armadale was pleasing for defender Shane Cassidy, and he said it was a positive start to their title hopes. “A good win but they were missing a few experienced players, but you can only beat who is in front of you,” he explained.

“I thought we handled the game very well we could have easily gone through the motions knowing they had some players out but you could see the desire to win all over the pitch.

“A clean sheet and a lot of chances created and scored you can’t complain with that, and hopefully we can continue on Wednesday game.”

Cassidy said Floreat have been good all season, and he knows they will have to bring their A-Game to get the win on Wednesday.

“We have played them a few times this year and were well beaten in a couple of games, while in the third we were a lot better but still had a few things to iron out,” he said.

“We’ve done that over the course of the season and are in a great run of form. We know they lost on the weekend so will be fired up for this game but if we stick to Kenny’s game plan and do the little things correct, I have no doubt we can win.”

The under 18’s and 20’s were in action last night, and both put in good performance. Mark Scanlan’s 18’s conceded a late goal to go down 3-2.

Reginald Saungweme had pulled us level on the half hour, before Laat Mathiang made it 2-2 on 68 minutes. It looked like the points would be shared but a late goal gave Floreat the win.

Rob Mahon’s 20’s has leapfrogged Floreat on the table after a 2-0 win in the late game last night. Goals from Rene Kisesa and Luke Davies were enough to see the Jacks move to fifth.

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