Jacks 18s and 20s beat Armadale

Jacks 18s and 20s beat Armadale

Posted on April 2, 2021 in 'News'

It was a good start to the home NPLWA games for the under 18s and 20s, both winning convincingly against Armadale on Saturday.

In the early game new 18s coach Dimitri Phylactou got his games at the Campus off with a 3-1 win. It was a tight first half, but early in the second half Reginald Saungweme opened the scoring.

Josh Kingston added a second on the hour, but Armadale pulled one back six minutes later. But the 18s wrapped up the points ten minutes from time with Benjamin Hall-Shire on target.

The coach was pleased with his sides’ performance. “It was nice to get the win but Armadale made it difficult for us, they worked hard to close down space and pressed with numbers which made it hard for us to play,” he said.

“Although it wasn’t the prettiest performance, I was pleased with the way the team persisted, and at times battled, and eventually we got some reward by playing through the press and created opportunities to score.

“Once again we saw a lot of the things we worked on during the week, coming to life during the game which shows that the players are keen to improve and develop which is a positive sign for the future.” (Photo left – Under 18’s v Armadale)

In the late game Mark Scanlan’s 20s came from behind to win 4-1. The visitors were ahead on 20 minutes, but new signing Ben Rutter restored parity ten minutes later. Rutter added a second on 72 minutes, before further goals from Joe Birch and Danny Douglas sealed the win.

“I was fairly pleased with the performance,” Head Coach Scanlan said. “This is a very new team, we’re at the stage each week where we’re still putting together an XI that hasn’t played football together yet.

“So, it’s great that regardless of who plays, they understand the system. Neither of our centre backs played football last year and a lot of our newer players are learning the system so we still have some way to go.

“We’ll only get better and sharper as the season progresses. I was really happy to see Ben Rutter grab a brace as he’s had a tougher preseason than he probably hoped for, so I’m glad he’s got on the score sheet.”