Jersey boss Martin Cassidy praises discipline after friendly win

Martin Cassidy
The victory was the second of Martin Cassidy's reign, from eight games in charge

Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says "good things are about to happen" to his side after they beat a Football Association representative side 4-3 on penalties.

The friendly ended 1-1 in normal time, James Queree levelling after Dagenham striker Fejiri Okenabirhie had scored.

Euan van der Vliet made two saves in the shoot-out to give Jersey victory over their non-league opponents.

"I've been saying all along, although we've not got the results, we're a good side," Cassidy told BBC Radio Jersey.

"The discipline the players have showed, not to come out of shape and chase lost causes, it just shows, as I keep saying all the time, we're a good team and good things are about to happen.

"They've got their reward and I'm just so happy for them because we didn't want another 'well played, unlucky, we could've done this and that'."

The FA XI side was made up of England C players, with most of the squad playing for National League clubs.

Several Jersey players, including former captain Luke Watson, have quit the side in recent years because of a lack of matches, but Van der Vliet believes improvements have been made.

"It's definitely getting a lot better, coming from the past few years," he added.

"Leading up to the Island Games it's definitely helping us, because it's giving us a real test against serious opposition."

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