ECU in safe hands with Hoyle in Cup Final

ECU in safe hands with Hoyle in Cup Final

Posted on July 22, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup Reserves head into the Cool Ridge Reserves Cup Final knowing they have the safe hands of keeper Todd Hoyle behind them. The under 20’s keeper has been in stellar form between the sticks and his penalty save in the Semi-Final was crucial.

He said the wins against Perth Glory and Stirling Lions gives them confidence heading into the game. “It was really good to have the good games in the cup, and it builds confidence within myself and I was fortunate to save a penalty that helped us go through to the final,” he said.

“If it gets to that this weekend I can only try and guess the right way, but we have a lot of confident lads that are more than capable of putting the ball in the net from the penalty spot.”

The keeper has enjoyed working with ECU keeper Coach, and former Charlton Athletic custodian Andy Petterson, and training with first team keeper Lewis Italiano, and he believes his keeping has improved. “Training with the pair of them has helped me immensely this season,” Hoyle said.

“I’ve known Petters for a few years now he always tries to get the best out of me, and obviously with the experience and knowledge he has about goalkeeping he has defiantly taught me a lot.

“Also training with Lewis has been great, he defiantly brings the goalkeeping sessions up a level with the quality he has. Between them both they have helped me massively this season and I think I’ve defiantly benefited from that on the pitch.”

Hoyle said they drew last time they played Bayswater and he said Saturday, with so much on the line, will be more of the same. “We played them earlier on in the year and it was a pretty even game, but we all know Bayswater are no push over and shows on where they sit on the table,” he said.

“But we have beaten some really strong teams in the cup with our never say die attitude so hopefully this weekend will be no different, so whoever is available/fit to play I’m sure they will give it everything for the team so there’s no reason why we can’t go all the way on Saturday”