R11 Wrap: West Adelaide v Modbury Jets
League leaders West Adelaide put in one of the most dominant performances of the season to record a 7-1 victory of Modbury Jets in round 11 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia at Adelaide Shores Football Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Dour conditions with an onslaught of rain couldn’t stop the aesthetically pleasing display put on by West Adelaide. It wasn’t the perfect start though as the Jets took a 7th minute lead thanks to a converted penalty from Fabian Rinaldo. However, West Adelaide produced an onslaught and took a 3-1 half time lead thanks to a double from Matthew Bouzalas and a converted penalty from Ricardo Da Silva.
Modbury didn’t shy away as the second half resumed and came close to scoring. Their missed opportunities came back to haunt them as Bouzalas completed his hat-trick. Thomas Briscoe joined the party with a hat-trick of his own to move to top of the goal scorers list.
West Adelaide’s Alex Rideout was rapt to see his side finish strong in a dominant performance.
“It’s good, we knew they were going to come at us fast but we tend to let someone score first before we woke up but once they did score we woke up and played really well.”
Rideout also talked about his side’s impressive passing game.
“I think that anyone that comes to our pitch, can’t adapt to the fake grass like we can so it’s a bit of an advantage for us, with the wet conditions it helps a lot and the passing was good.”
Another part that impressed was to have Matthew Bouzalas and Thomas Briscoe score a hat-trick and Rideout was impressed with what they bring to the team.
“Goals really, they bring goals and that always helps us win so that’s good to see that happening.”
Despite being a game clear on top in round 11, Rideout knows his side have plenty to do to stay there.
“Obviously just keep winning and keep training hard and hopefully the results will keep coming.”
No team likes to lose 7-1 but Modbury’s Kieran McNally was humble in his appraisal of the heavy defeat.
“It’d be easy for me to blame the weather and a bunch of other things but really at the end of the day I’m not going to blame anything else.”
“They were just a superior team, we didn’t play our best but the quality of their players is really something else and it’d be better to play against those teams every week because we could learn so much.”
McNally was also adamant that this won’t derail the Jets’ season.
“We’ll have a chat about it and we will look into it. One thing about Modbury that is great is our mental toughness, we will just keep going and it won’t throw us back too much.”
He talked about the galvanising effect a big loss can have on such a tight playing group.
“It can for sure, this week we’ll be working extra hard at training to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again this season.”
Article by Matthew Carcich - @Matt_Carcich