Crick was simply awesome as he rattled in his second hat-trick of the Games, with Chris Andrews and Neil Cabot also finding the net.Indeed, Cabot could have a claim for goal of the game when he hit a glorious strike from 28 yards, but none of the 300 spectators could ever doubt who was the class act on the field.It was Crick, and he signalled his intentions in the very first minute when he made a surging run into the box but just failed to latch on to the end of Andrews’ squared ball.
In the 16th minute, though, he wowed the crowd with a piece of skill Roy of the Rovers could only dream about.After a period of Jersey possession Crick picked up the ball 30 yards out and it was as if his patience had run out when he turned inside and nonchalantly hit a left foot screamer into the top corner.Andrews doubled Jersey’s lead in the 34th minute when Paul Duxbury showed great commitment to a header in the box and the youngster picked up the loose ball, flicked inside and slotted with ease.Shortly after the restart Crick netted his second when he telegraphed a ball across the Shetland defence, rounded the goalkeeper and tucked the ball in at the near post.
Crick’s third came from another Shetland mistake, but by then the match had been won.Chris Carter and Paul Aitken were handed their Jersey senior debuts as Cabot wrapped up a fine win for Jersey that sees them assured of a place in the knock-out phase.The result of today’s match against Gotland therefore became academic, but manager Dave Matthews insists that they won’t be taking anything for granted, despite wholesale changes.’There will be a different line-up, most definitely,’ he confirmed.
‘We brought the squad out to actually use the squad – we’ve got into this position now and so we can afford to bring them on.’We’ve been congratulated on a very professional performance today and that’s the way we’re going to approach the whole competition.
We are going to go out against Gotland to win.
It’s all-important that we don’t go out and lose – you’ve got to keep the spirit and momentum up.’There’s a tremendous team spirit.
This young team has done Jersey proud, I can assure you – and we’re going to carry on.’Jersey (4-4-2): Jimmy Styles; Chris McNabb, Lee Bradshaw, James Hayward, Martin Paton; Chris Andrews, Mark Ray (Nail Cabot 62), Bradley Vowden, Paul Duxbury; Dave Le Roux (Chris Carter 74), Ross Crick (Paul Aitken 74).