Armadale enjoy Cup success in WA

Armadale head into the FFA Cup Round of 32 as Cup champions in WA after their 2-0 Belt Up Cup final win over Gwelup Croatia on Saturday.

Chris Jackson was the two-goal hero for Armadale, with the Englishman taking out the Stan Lazaridis Medal as man of the match.

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Jackson struck early in both halves to give the National Premier Leagues WA outfit their first State Cup success.

His first goal came after Michael Rizidis intercepted a misplaced pass in midfield and played a perfectly weighted through ball into Jackson’s path.

The striker barely had to break stride as he fired low across Gwelup keeper Connor Campbell and in off the far post.

Jackson’s second came barely a minute after Gwelup missed a great chance to equalise.

The striker initially did well to brush off his marker but his finish was on another level, curling the ball past the stranded Campbell from the edge of the box.

“We are so pleased to have been able to give them a day out like this and something to remember going forward,” coach John O’Reilly said.

“I’m so happy for everyone involved in this great club.

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“Chris scored two great goals for us but we were delighted with the defensive effort of the whole team today. I can’t single out one person, it was a fantastic team performance.”

Gwelup’s focus now turns to the FFA Cup Round of 32 clash at Dorrien Gardens, as they host the Adelaide Comets on Wednesday, July 25.

Armadale is in action the following week, travelling to Queensland to take on Cairns FC.