ECU under 18’s in NPL-WA Grand Final

ECU under 18’s in NPL-WA Grand Final

Posted on September 12, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s will take on arch rivals Perth Soccer Club on Saturday in the NPL-WA under 18’s Grand Final at Dorrien Gardens, kick off 10am.

The side produced a stunning come back to beat Perth SC 3-2 in the Major Semi-Final two weeks ago, to go into the final with confidence. The youngsters led at the break after Callum Boshell headed home Luka Ninkovic’s corner. But Perth hit back scoring two goals in two minutes to turn the game on its head. It looked like ECU was headed for defeat but a stunning long-range strike from Bayley Brown levelled the scores.

With penalties in sight the never-say-die ECU won it. Callum Boshell broke clear and finished low past Scott Wallis to send them in to the Grand Final.

“It was a great win for all the lads especially to do it against Perth,” Boshell said. “It was even better to do so after going 2-1 down mid-way through the second the half, so credit to all the boys for putting in an incredible shift to end up winning the game 3-2.  On a personal note, it is always great to bag a couple of goals for the team and scoring the winner to send us into the grand final makes it that much better.”

The 17-year-old is expecting another tough game on Saturday, but he is confident they can get the right result. “Every time we play Perth, there is always a buzz in the changing room and it will not be any different for this Saturdays Grand Final. They always prove to be a tough test, but on our day we know we can beat them, so let’s hope we are at our best and take home the trophy this weekend.”

It’s a huge weekend for the ECU academy too, with three teams in their NPL Grand Finals on Sunday at the E&D Litis Stadium, the home of Floreat Athena.  Lee Green’s Under 12’s take on local rivals Sorrento at 8.30am, while John Higgins’ Under 13’s meet Perth SC at 9.45am. Finally Charlie Comyn-Platt’s Under 15’s, also meet Sorrento at 12.45pm

“It’s a great achievement for the club and we all wish all three teams good luck,” ECU Academy Technical Director of Football Andy Petterson said. “All the players have worked really hard to get this far and it would be great to see as many supporters from the club down to watch the lads and hope we can get our own hat-trick on the day.”