ECU 18’s in title showdown

ECU 18’s in title showdown

Posted on September 3, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s under 18’s will win the PS4 National Premier League under 18’s title, with a win against Inglewood United at Inglewood Stadium on Saturday morning.

Syd Amphlett’s youngsters sit on 45 points two points clear of three teams at the top of the table, with Bayswater, Saturday’s opponents Inglewood and Perth all on 43.

The Coach said it’s began a great season and the players deserve all the credit. “Our club’s development of players is second to none and at the start of the season we started with a new squad of mostly last season under 16’s and they have worked their socks off and deserve to be where we are today,” Amphlett explained.

“We have played some good football at the right times, and scored at critical moments in games, and the determination and commitment of the lads has been outstanding.”

ECU Joondalup have always been a club where youth development is the key, and it has shown this season with a number of youngsters making their senior debuts, and Amphlett believes the current crop of under 18’s are heading in the right direction. “The football development in the academies has been outstanding and our Technical Director Andy Petterson and all the academy coaches must take the credit,” he said.

“They have nurtured players and despite a number heading for the bright lights at Perth Glory’s NPL side, we have kept a large number of them and they are showing signs of maturity, which bodes well for the future of our club.”

Amphlett knows Saturday’s opponents can also win the league with a win, and said it will be a tight game. “The last time we played them it was a 3-3 draw at our place, so we knew it will be a tight game, but it’s one the players are really looking forward to,” he said.

“We knew if we play are best football we will get the right result, so we’ll see how we go.“Whatever happens on Saturday it’s already been a fantastic season and the club should be proud of the effort the lads have put in for Paul (Welch) and I, and a win at Inglewood would end the season on a high.”

Get down early to support the youngsters – Kick off at 11am