Pre-Season Friendly v Subiaco Review
Armadale has continued their pre-season with a 3-0 win against State League Division One side Subiaco at Rosalie Park on Saturday morning.
Goals from Chris Jackson, Adriano Jelenovic and George Ballah secured the win, but it came at a cost, with Jelenovic sustaining a broken fore arm from an awkward fall, which will see the popular striker out for a while.
Head Coach John O’Reilly said it took the shine of the win, as they prepare for the upcoming NPL Night Series. “Another good work out for the squad, and it’s another 90 minutes into their legs in pre-season,” he said post-match.
“We experimented with a few different variations today and learn more about our squad. Also making sure we gave game time to the players and training has been intense, and Saturday showed that against a well drilled Subiaco side.
“The only downside on the win was the injury to Adriano, who fell awkwardly. He has been great for me and the club since I’ve been here, and I personally wish him a speedy recovery.”
The other two senior teams were both in action against Subiaco, the 20s drawing 3-3 with Mike Mwingira scoring a hat-trick. Coach Lee Taylor said it was a good first outing for his side. “I thought we did OK, especially with some players away with the first team,” he said.
“We found ourselves two goals down, but the lads fought back to be leading 3-2 late, but Subiaco levelled, but a good first up performance from the boys.”
The under 18s went down 0-3, and like the 20s had players missing, and lost Ruben Basilio with a broken wrist. but coach Mike Hartley said there were some encouraging signs moving forward. “I thought Ruben dealt with the pain really well considering it was a nasty break, and the entire team will support him during his recovery,” Hartley explained.
“As for the game, I thought we were very rusty and didn’t follow the instructions, but it’s a start and gives us a baseline to improve from. All of the goals came towards the end of the game which is to be expected with a very inexperienced group playing in that heat.”
All three sides are back in action next weekend. The first team start the Night Series against Bayswater City at Frank Drago Reserve, while the 18s and 20s travel to take on Joondalup United. #WeAreArmy #OneClub