ECU Reserves look to go back-to-back in Cup

ECU Reserves look to go back-to-back in Cup

Posted on August 19, 2011 in 'News'

State League reserves Cup Final Preview

The 2011 State League reserves Cup Final sees first division Shamrock Rovers taking on Premier League leaders, and current reserves cup winners, ECU Joondalup at Macedonia Park (12.30pm)

It’s been a great season to date for ECU and Coach David Tough has been delighted with his chargers in 2011. “The club is very happy with the way the season has gone. We are undefeated in the last 16 games, and we’ve gone the whole season undefeated at home and can only lose the league on goal difference. Most importantly a number of the squad made the step up and got some game time in the first team,’ said Tough.

They reached the final after a hard fought penalty shoot-out win against another division one side in Swan United, and Tough is expecting another one on Saturday. “Swan Reserves has always been a hard game and the semi was no different. Up until the sending off I thought we were the better side. After going down to 10 men I thought we defended really well and nearly scrapped the 1-0 win if it hadn’t been for a very good individual goal. In the penalties I was pretty confident as we’ve been in that situation before and Brynn Hindley is such a good shot stopper. It will be more of the same on Saturday,” explained Tough.

Shamrock Rovers are sitting second on the First Division Reserves table, so Tough knows it will be another scrap. “I’m pretty fortunate I was able to see Shamrock play on a number of occasions last season and a couple times this season. They are a club that is used to winning and challenging for trophies year in year out. I’m sure the majority of the squad involved on Saturday helped Shamrock get promoted and win the Reserve Amateur cup last season so they will be used to the big occasion. My players are well aware that this is going to be a hard game, were well prepared and ready to retain the cup,” said Tough

It would be a great achievement for the Scotsman, to lead the club to back-to-back cup wins and he believes he has the side to do it. “In the squad this season we’ve had a number of match winners. Jordan Dodd, Josh Brook and Jake Cooper Benson, can all cause problems to any team. Andy Brown at the back has been a calming Influence in the team, he’s great leader on the park and been a massive help in the development of the younger lads,” said Tough.

Shamrock Rovers beat Belmont Villa 4-0 in the first round at the Gary Archer Sporting Complex, before a 5-0 win against Dianella While Eagles at Dianella Reserve in round two. They overcame Wanneroo City 2-0 at Harold Rossiter Reserve in the quarter final, before shocking Premier League side Floreat Athena 2-1 in the semi-final at Alfred Skeet Oval, to take their spot in the final

Rovers assistant Coach Mark Gillians has been delighted with the season and their semi-final win against Floreat Athena was well deserved. “The season has had a few ups and downs. The team took time to adapt to the challenges of the Saturday League, but as the season has progressed the team has grown in confidence and I’m pleased with the consistency the team has shown,” said Gillians.

Entering the semi-final I knew it would be a big challenge, but on the day I believe we were the better team, and we played some of the best football of their season. To overcome a premier side was a fantastic result, not only for the lads but Shamrock Rovers as a club.”

They go into Saturday’s final as underdogs but Gillians believes they will give it a good shot. “This is going to be huge game for us, another big challenge for the boys but we are up for the game.  The boys have trained consistently hard and I am sure we will do our very best to bring the cup to Shamrock,” explained Gillians.

“For us to succeed and bring the cup home the whole team will have to play as one. Each player will have a role to play in the game and will need to be focused on the job in hand. On the day it will be our most experienced players that we will depend on most of all, to carry the team on to success.“