Cassidy calls on his players to be brave

JFA Combination manager Martin Cassidy has encouraged his players to be brave and confident on the ball ahead of their FA Inter-League Cup Final against West Cheshire this weekend.

The JFA Combination side that took on Amateur Football Combination in November 2019 on their way to the FA Inter-League cup final. Picture: TONY FOWLES.
The JFA Combination side that took on Amateur Football Combination in November 2019 on their way to the FA Inter-League cup final. Picture: TONY FOWLES.

Cassidy praised the quality of his youthful side and believes they have the attacking prowess to go on and win the game.

The Caesareans travel to St George’s Park, the home of the FA, on Sunday to take on West Cheshire League after beating Dorset Senior League 5-2 in the semi-final.

Cassidy takes a 16-man squad to St George’s Park hoping to emulate the success of the Jersey team who won the Cup in 2012 when they beat the Isle of Man 2-1.

The march marks the end of a cup campaign that began with a 7-0 win over Somerset County in September 2019.

‘It has been a massive achievement just to get here but I believe with the squad we have got we can take it one step further and bring home the trophy,’ said Cassidy.

‘We have had a mixture of performances on the way to the final. It has been a tough route and we have had to dig deep at times but we have always tried to stick to our principles of playing attacking free-flowing football.’

Cassidy said his side will be looking to eliminate any of the individual errors which cost them two goals in their semi-final fixture last week.

‘We know that we cannot afford to make those kind of mistakes again, because you only get one chance at this final and if we make those kinds of mistakes we will be punished,’ he said.

‘We will look to continue to play high-tempo attacking football. If we are brave and confident on the ball I think we stand every chance of winning.’

Cassidy praised the local football combination system, which he believes contributes to the ‘high quality’ crop of players the Island produces. ‘For such a small Island we have got an incredible standard of players. A lot of the pathways provided for the kids helps breed success and helps them work their way through the ranks up into the senior Island side.

‘Opportunities to play high-level opposition abroad have been minimal lately due to the Covid situation, so it would be great to make the most of this opportunity and take the win.’

Kick-off is at 2pm.

Squad: Euan van der Vliet, Jonny Le Quesne, Jay Giles, Adam Trotter, Ruben Mendes, Luca Margaroli, Kieran Lester (all St Paul’s), Luke Duncan, Jake Prince (both St Ouen), Luke Campbell, Sol Solomon (both St Peter), James Queree, Kamen Nafkha, Fraser Barlow, Logan McGhee (all Jersey Wanderers), Declan O’Connell (St Brelade).

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