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Coach Costello delighted with Gold Fields Amateur tour

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Coach Colm Costello has hailed the Gold Fields State Amateur Team’s victorious tour of Malaysia as a resounding success.

The WA side won all three of their matches in the humidity of Sarawak, scoring 10 goals and conceding none.

They began with a 5-0 win over Kuching, followed that up by defeating Samarahan 3-0 in awful conditions, then rounded off the trip with a 2-0 victory against the SWAK Project State team.

Belt Up Amateur Division Golden Boot winner Jayden Drummond of Kingsley was top scorer with five goals, while Leeming Strikers’ David Palin (3) and Kingsley duo Sean Johnson and Lee Thomas were also on target.

The 100% return guaranteed the Gold Fields State side lifted the Friendship Cup and Costello was delighted with the players’ efforts.

“It couldn’t have gone better,” he said.

“The application, the work rate and the attitude of the squad was top notch. A lot of credit has to go to them because it’s all right me coaching on the sidelines but they’re the ones on the pitch.

“Kuching FC were pretty good, pretty well organised. They’d just come off winning their domestic league … I just don’t think they expected the intensity off our guys. You could see in the warm up and their body language they weren’t treating it as serious as we were. They were technically good, very fast, but I think we defended really well.

“The second game (against Samarahan) was on a really heavy pitch and in the rain. That was just all about getting the job done and no injuries.

“The last game was against the Sarawak State team. They had a Malaysia international player, Joseph Talang, he was lethal. They also had another guy who has played professional, a Dutch lad who played for Ajax when he was younger. He played at the back and he organised well. Other than that, they had a lot of young lads.

“The last game was really, really good. We went 2-0 up and at half time we just said to the lads to make sure we’re clever now. The Malaysia international got sent off with 20 minutes to go and we saw the game out.”

Drummond’s goals were a stand out for the Football West side.

“Jayden was brilliant. He was quite unlucky too, he just missed out on Player of the Tournament. Paul McCormack from Belmont got it. It was neck and neck between the two of them and Paul just got it, something he deserved.

“All 16 players in the squad played at least one full game and got really good game time in the other matches. When I picked the squad I wasn’t picking 11 and five subs, I wanted to make sure that everyone coming with us was worth their place.”

Costello, his assistant coach Jack Monaco and Team Manager Graeme Marinkovich ensured the trip also went to plan away from the pitch.

“For me as the coach it was probably the most professional set up I’ve ever been in, between pool sessions, recovery sessions, we had a team meeting in the hotel before games,” said Costello, who was State Amateur Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading Wembley Downs to the Premier Division title.

“And the boys applied themselves really professionally. For a bunch of amateur guys, they treated it professionally and results showed at the end.”

Football West referee Ammar Timour officiated all three games.

Gold Fields is the sponsor of all of Football West’s State Teams.