ECU under 20’s in Cup action this weekend

ECU under 20’s in Cup action this weekend

Posted on June 19, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 20’s are in cup action this weekend when they take on Division One side Joondalup United at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday in a Joondalup derby. (12.15PM)

Mark Windeatt’s side were made to work really hard by South West Phoenix in the Quarter Finals, and the Coach said the score line didn’t reflect the game. “They wouldn’t go away, we had to work our socks off, but in the end we managed to shake them and won comfortably in the end,” he said. “Cup games are a great leveller, and that game showed why, if you don’t show up you will get beaten.”

Windeatt is looking forward to the local derby, and praised Saturday’s opposition. “I’d like to congratulate Mark Cox and Stephan McDowell, for their sides’ successful season, the club is growing rapidly and we know it will be a tight game on Saturday,” he said. “They sit top of the Division One table, and we are joint top in the NPL, so it has all the hallmarks of a great game.”

ECU has always produced talented players, and Windeatt said they are getting better each week. “The lads have played some great football this season, and are continually improving, and a number have pushed up to the first team, which is a great achievement for the young side,” he said. “We are all looking forward to the game on Saturday, and hopefully reach the final.” Ben Wantee and Jake Davies have been outstanding up front this season, while Ollie Annis, Roland Rixer, Harry Bissett and Kye Douglas will have a huge role to play in the game.

United edged out fellow Division One side UWA Nedlands 2-0 in the quarter-finals, and Coach Stephan McDowell said it could have gone either way. “It was a very tough match, and a match of two halves,” he said. “We were very poor first half, but second half was a total different story and we came out firing and it could have ended 5 or 6 to us.”

Cup games can go anyway, and McDowell said the players are looking forward to taking on the NPL side. “The lads are really looking forward to it and hopefully we can go one better than two years ago, when Perth beat us on penalties in the semi-final,” he said. “It also gives it that wee extra bit of spice, with it being a Joondalup derby. We have nothing to lose but we’ll be giving it our best shot and me and Mark (Cox) will have the players ready, and I’m sure we will have a big support down from everyone involved at the club.”

United have a squad of hard working players, and the coach says they work their backsides off for each other from start to finish. Alex Wild is on fire up front, and he scored both goals in the quarter-final win and also both goals in last week’s league win at UWA Nedlands.