Irish eyes are smiling for Hirrell at ECU

Irish eyes are smiling for Hirrell at ECU

Posted on July 8, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s Irish-born defender Cian Hirrell has been in good form in recent weeks and has played his part as the club created new NPL record of five consecutive clean sheets. The 20-year-old was again solid as the Jacks were held to 0-0 draw against Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens, and he said they should have taken all three points.

“We defiantly dominated the game, but at the end of the day the game is all about goals, but we couldn’t put on in the back of the net today,” he said.  “If we had scored the one at the end from Ollie, it would have been brilliant, and on possession and chances we defiantly deserved the three points, but fair play to Perth they held out to earn a point.”

Another clean sheet on Saturday, and Hirrell said that’s what defenders like. “I’m a defender so another clean sheet is great, and there is no better feeling for a defender than to walk off the pitch with a clean sheet, you’ve done your job, and that makes it five games without conceding a goal, so long may it continue.”

ECU assistant David Tough said Hirrell has been a great contributor in the squad this season and the youngsters has not let the club down. “After missing most of the season through a number of injuries, Cian’s really come good for us, especially over the past month,” he said. “He has played his part in the new look defence setting a new NPL record with five consecutive clean sheets, and along with Ryan Lowry, Rikki Smith, and Andy Higgins has been outstanding.”

Tough said he has fitted in well with the squad, and believes there’s more to come. “Cian is talented player who has great versatility as he can play in both full back positions,” he said. “He’s a character and well liked in the squad, and he may not look it but he’s a young lad and think he will continue to improve in the coming years.”

The Jacks take on the in-form Stirling Lions on Saturday at the ECU Football Stadium, but Hirrell is looking forward to the challenge. “Stirling will be a huge challenge, but we’ll be up for it, we go into the second half of the season full of confidence and it’s up to us now and if we can keep our form going we can make the end of season finals, and then anything can happen,” he said. “We don’t fear anyone in the competition, we are playing well and we look forward to the game on Saturday.”