ECU Joondalup Reserves v Swan United Semi-Final Preview

ECU Joondalup Reserves v Swan United Semi-Final Preview

Posted on July 8, 2011 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup reserves take on First Division Swan United Reserves in Saturday’s Football West State League reserves cup Semi-Final at Dorrien Gardens (10.45am)

ECU are the current cup holders and Coach David Tough believes going back to back would be great for his young side. “It would be a fantastic achievement to win the cup for the second season running but at this time we are focused on playing well and hopefully winning the game on Saturday. We would be delighted to make the final as the build up to last year’s game and the day itself was a great experience for everyone involved at the club,” said Tough.

The Coach has been delighted with his chargers this season and believes they have exceeded his expectations. “At the start of the season if you had told me we’d be joint top with five games to go and in the semi-final of the cup I’d have bitten your hand off. The development of the players individually and as a team has been huge and they deserve to be in the position they are in right now. We are on a 10 game undefeated run at the moment thanks to the boy’s hard working attitude for me, themselves and more importantly each other,” explained Tough.

It’s been a great team effort from his young side this season, and he believes they have stood up when needed this season. “I’m very proud of all my players’ achievements so far this season. After initially being at the club, Brynn Hindley, signed a professional contract with Dundee United for two seasons and returned at the start of this season showing massive development in all goal keeping areas. Mr Dependable, Josh Brooke, is my free kick specialist who never lets me down. Wherever I play him, he plays well, he simply wants to play and has a wand of a right foot. Luke Smith came back to the club after a spell in Spain and has recently broken into the first team squad. He is an excellent full hearted defender that any team would delighted to have him in their squad,” said Tough.

Saturday will certainly be a tough game, as in any cup competition form and division go out the window. Since a last minute rule change allowing eligible players to have only played three games for first division clubs, Swan could possibly have up to five or six players starting who have had regular first team experience this season. This will be a great test for our young lads and I am sure they will rise to the occasion.

United have a good tradition in cup competition’s and Coach Mike Skowron is delighted his side have the opportunity to make the final. “It’s always good to succeed in a competition and the cup is a good competition to get the best out of the players and the team. The players seem to be able to step up for the big games. Sometimes it’s hard to get consistency in the reserves team as players are moving between the first team and under 18′s but for the cup we can pick our strongest squad and that helps,” said Skowron.

United season has picked up in recent weeks, but it was a disastrous start. “Losing the first three league games put us on the back foot but we have been able to fight back and get a good number of wins on the board. A good characteristic of the team is that we have been able to finish games strongly and have been able to come from behind in a number of games to record wins. Our goal now is to get more points in the second half of the season than the first,” explained Skowron.

“It has been a great team effort and as such no-one really stands out. All the players have improved individually and this has helped the team to improve as a unit.”

Skowron knows Saturday’s game will be tough but he’s looking forward to the challenge. “The semi-final will be tough. ECU are equal top in the Premier Division, however,  Inglewood have played 2 games less than ECU and are only 5 points behind them so the teams are very even. We had a very good performance against Inglewood in the quarter final and therefore we are quietly confident that we can back that effort up. Our ability to finish games strongly is important in cup games so we will always be in with chance,” said Skowron.

Squads for Saturday’s game

Swan United – GK Jordan Howell, Chris Atkinson, Niall Murphy, Chris Marshall, Steve Betella, Scott Campbell, Adam Pygrum, Rob Ftynogiannis, Jordan Brown, Nattapong Narongphunt, Christian Catalano, Seb DeCotter, Jayden Vespescu, Rob Shepheard, Lamin Kamara, RGK Conner Anderson

ECU Joondalup – GK Brynn Hindley, Luke Smith, Lee Thomson, Ryan Lowry, Andy Brown, Josh Brook, Jake Cooper-Benson, Shane Pickering, Jarrad McNally, Max Pope, Jordan Withey, Nick Maplestone, Jamal West, Sebastian Fransson, Scott Bushby, Alex Sallery, Brandon Nunez,