Jacks 18s and 20s focus turns to Glory

Jacks 18s and 20s focus turns to Glory

Posted on April 30, 2021 in 'News'

Our 18s and 20s will look to continue their good form from last time out, both recording big wins against Rockingham, when they entertain Perth Glory on Saturday at the ECU Football Stadium.

18s Head Coach Dimitri Phylactou was delighted with his side’s performance in the 6-0 result last week, with Nyle Weale, Declan Marley, Reggie Saungweme, Mohamed Farah, Prince Magombedze and Josh Kingston on target.

“Great performance by the team, I think they players can be really proud with how they worked and applied themselves to get back to winning ways after the defeats the weekends prior,” he explained.

“It’s a credit to them that they didn’t take a cautious approach and instead went out on the front foot and played the game with confidence and intent.

“The style of play really comes to life when played like that and from a coach’s perspective it was good to see the players moving the ball quicker and positioning themselves to play forward more aggressively.

“The team’s defensive energy was excellent and it was led from the front with the work rate of the two forwards, Prince Magombedze and Reggie Saungweme.

“Overall, it was a really good team performance so it seems unfair to single out any particular players, but I will give a special mention to Mohammad Farah on his performance in the middle of the park and Declan Marley on a very good starting debut.”

Phylactou said Saturday will be a huge test, and one his team are looking forward too. “Games against Glory are always tough but I know the players are looking forward to the contest,” he said.

“We know what to expect from Glory and it should be an enjoyable game to watch with both teams trying to control the ball and out do the other.”

The 20s ran out 5-2 winners against Rockingham, with a brace from Josh Petrie, and singles to Danny Douglas, Harry Edwards and Dylan Leonard, and Head Coach Mark Scanlan said it was a good all-round team performance.

“Last time out saw us put together a convincing performance against a well organised Rockingham U20s side,” he said.

“We scored inside the first minute and put together our best half of football this season. Dylan Leonard returning to the club gave the boys a little lift and you could see the instant impact he had.

“It’s really pleasing too, to see that regardless of who plays, the boys know the system and we dominate possession week in, week out.

Scanlan said Saturday will be a tough game, and there will be a few familiar faces in the opposition.

“Glory will be a different test for us, they’ve got quality all over the pitch and they’re another side who dominate possession,” he explained.

“These are the games we look forward to given how many ECU lads have played for Glory or are still at Glory – it’s a bit of a derby for us.”

Match Details

ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory

Saturday May 1, 2021

ECU Football Stadium

Kick off – 18s 11.00am, 20s 1.00pm