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Cook treble give State boys another win in China

Football West News

A hat-trick from Sammy Cook gave the Gold Fields Under 15 State Team a second 3-0 friendly win as attention now turns to their first game in the Jinshan International Youth Football Championship on Saturday.

The Murdoch University Melville winger’s goals were scored after the interval as the WA side stepped up after an opening half in which they struggled against a Shenxin Under 16 outfit.

Head coach Garry Church said his players were given a real examination in the opening period.

“We were playing against a stronger, faster and more physical side and they caused us lots of problems in the first half – we were lucky not to be two or three goals down.” he said.

“The second half was a different ball game; we were more aggressive in central areas, matching up to our opponents and winning our battles.

“The first goal came when Dejan Lewis picked up the ball in midfield. He played it out wide to Sammy Cook who cut inside, took on the defender and put it past the keeper.

“The second came from the central area again, with Jake Shake slotting the ball through the defence for Jamie Swan to run on to.He floated the ball into the box, it came off the head of a defender and Cook was there to put it in the back of the net.

“The third came from the midfield again, with Lewis chipping it over the defence for Cook to run onto and put it over the top of the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

“Overall not a bad performance; it was a better second half but more importantly another game under our belt in this hot, humid climate. The boys have a day off now with a light recovery session on Friday ready for our first game of the tournament on Saturday against the India Youth Team.”