Jacks take on Floreat Athena in the State Cup Final

Jacks take on Floreat Athena in the State Cup Final

Posted on July 16, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will go in search of their first State Cup Final success since 2002, when they take on Floreat Athena in the Belt-Up State Cup Final at Inglewood Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (5.00pm)

Goals from Scott Bulloch and former coach Dale McCulloch saw us win the 2002 Cup final against Future Glory at Dorrien Gardens, and the Jacks will look to add the Cup to their league title trophy from last season.

Speaking to Footballwest.com Jacks Head Coach Kenny Lowe said he wants the players to enjoy the occasion.

“From my own experiences being involved with Glory and in the FA Cup back home, I know how special cup tournaments are,” he said.

“It’s the excitement of the game that you look forward to. Most of us are involved because we love it and these moments don’t come around often, so you should embrace it and enjoy the day.

“It’s a big driver for us where we want to enjoy our football, because if you don’t then it’s pointless coming down to training.

“The guys work during the week, and have other things on such as family commitments, so it’s a sacrifice of their time and they’ve got to enjoy it.

“If they enjoy it, hopefully we play well, and if we play well, we win games, so that’s the by-product of the process we have at the club.”

(Below: Jacks skipper Johnny Perkins and Floreat defender Marco Santalucia with the Belt-Up Cup Trophy – Photo courtesy of Football West) 

Lowe said he is looking forward to the final and hopes his side can perform on the day, and he is confident they can.

“We’ll play the way we play. We’ve had some great games in recent weeks where we’ve been a little unfortunate, but that’s the way it works sometimes. Last year we went six games without a win and won the league,” he said.

“Floreat are a good side with good players, so we expect a difficult and competitive game, and it’s a cup final which adds the extra layer of expectation.

“There’s a big feeling from within the group that they want to drive on and achieve things, so if we stick to our game plan and if we can execute that, I’d expect us to have a good outcome.”

Jacks’ midfielder Andy Higgins said their recent form has been good, but they haven’t been getting the results, but he said the players are ready for the challenge on Saturday.

“It’s not the best preparation going into a final, but we still are dominating games,” he said,

“But we are struggling to get results though, and we’ve not been playing the way we have previously. This has been addressed, and all the lads are still extremely confident going into the game this weekend.”

Higgins said it would be great to lift the cup after the club’s success in the league last season, and he is expecting a tight encounter against Floreat, but is confident they can bring the cup back to the Campus.

“Yes, it would be great for the club to get two trophies in two years, and it gives us more confidence to put pressure on them for top spot in the league, and in the final on Saturday,” he said.

“Both sides have had indifferent results in recent weeks, but I don’t really think you can bring form into a cup final there’s a lot more at stake.

“I think both teams will be right at it from kick off, and hopefully we are good enough to get the win, which I think we are.”

We left the final word to skipper Johnny Perkins, who spoke to Footballwa.net and said the players are buzzing for Saturday’s final.

“I don’t think league form is a factor on Saturday for either side,” he said. “We will go in with our game plan confident that if we execute it, we can beat anybody on our day.

“Regardless of form, and I’m sure Floreat feel the same. The squad is buzzing and everyone is excited to step out on the pitch Saturday, and hopefully bring the cup back home.”

Match Details
Belt-Up State League Cup Final
Saturday July 17, 2021
Floreat Athena v ECU Joondalup
Inglewood Stadium
Kick off 5.00pm
Get along and support the ‘Pride of the North’