ECU Joondalup Under 20’s impress in derby friendly

ECU Joondalup Under 20’s impress in derby friendly

Posted on January 26, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 20’s have run out 4-1 winners in a pre-season friendly against local rivals Joondalup City  on Sunday afternoon.

Coach Howard Tweats was happy with the workout. “It was good to get the players in an opposed competitive match after numerous weeks spent conditioning and training within the senior pre-season program,” he explained.

“Although played on a far from ideal surface and temporary pitch set up whilst enduring the heat of the day, the lads adapted to the conditions and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession throughout the fixture.

“With a small squad on the day the fitness and conditioning was evident as the lads managed to govern their output to be effective in the game till the final whistle, where the opposition with greater numbers kept their 11 fresh, competitive and a threat till the death.”

From the start the game was frantic and played at a fast pace, but ECU were far more composed moving forward, which pleased Tweats, whereas City where more direct playing more on the counter.

“On the day the defence was resolute, dealing well with the aerial assault from crosses whilst restricting them to shots from outside the area rarely allowing the opposition to break in behind the line,” he said.

“The midfield worked tirelessly to press and turn over possession then link up well and construct play to create opportunities.

“Although compromised by the size of pitch the forwards worked hard to offer width and support through the channels whilst in the centre areas had to battle hard physically on receiving the ball to retain a catalyst attacks.”

It was a tight opening and the early exchanges saw both teams find the target. ECU goal came from a neat interchange of passes on the edge of the area, with a quality finish from 18-yards by Paddy Doyle who gave an impressive, influential display in the middle of the park.

As the players settled, a more controlled approach with better ball retention gradually saw ECU take control of the game. With attacks producing good combination play and quick ball movement between the midfield and forwards, the quality started causing City far more problems.

The second goal came from a neat one-two on the edge of the area where Lucas Delima fired low into the corner. A quick combination 18-yards out resulted in Bayley Montgomery fronting the goal with a cool finish for the third.

Late on in the game a swift attack and interchange with three players resulted in Ollie Annis getting in behind the defence and have the composure to beat the advancing keeper.

“It was good to see the players despite age, stand up and physically match the opposition whilst remaining focused to retain the ball and attempt to play despite the restriction of the facility,” Tweats said.

“Promisingly the group has a wealth of talent and as witnessed when they pieced play together offensively they will be a handful for any defence to repel.”

The coach said there is a good vibe around the club at the moment and that is great. “For ECU their commitment, passion, energy and most of all ambition to make a transition to the First XI bodes well for the season ahead,” Tweats explained.

“There is a good vibe around the club at present, some notable new faces and signings, but behind every successful team is structure, with strength and depth below being ready and able to support where required, I think the club through its ranks has these bases covered and will be a platform for successful campaigns.”