Pollard shines on NPL senior Debut

Pollard shines on NPL senior Debut

Posted on May 13, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup striker Keylun Pollard was given his senior debut for the club and the 16-year-old helped the side to a 2-0 win against Perth Glory. Pollard, who has had a stellar season with the under 20’s was given the opportunity and he never let himself or the club down.

He was happy with the team’s performance and three points were vital. “I thought we all played well as a team today and deserved the win,” he said. “We spoke before the game about being compact defending and going forward and it worked out well.

“I’m really happy to get an opportunity in the first team and I was happy with my performance, but most of all to help the side to a win.”

The teenager said the senior players in the side helped him settle early, and he said after speaking to coach Dale McCulloch before the game, he was ready for a big game. “Dale asked me to a job both in attack and defence, and I thought I did OK. It’s good to have the senior players urging you on and it gave me a lift,” he explained.

“It was tiring, but it was for the team and it’s good to celebrate a win. We’ve conceded a lot of goals in recent weeks and the coaches have spoken at length about this at training all week and it’s a real confidence boost to keep a clean sheet and get back in the winner’s circle.”

Midfielder and assistant Coach Steven McGarry said that Pollard performance was great in his first team debut. “I thought Keylun was great, it was a good debut for the senior side,” he said. “He worked hard both ways and put in a good shift, and once again it shows, that we can bring in a teenager from our junior ranks and he can perform, which can only bode well for the club in the future.”

Pollard will be back in action on Saturday as the ECU under 20’s take on Perth Glory in the State League Cup Quarter-Finals and he said he is looking for a repeat result. “We will have a different side out for the cup game, but we need to keep the same shape and commitment and hopefully we’ll get the same result as the first team last week,” he said.

“It’s a big game for us but one we’re looking forward too. They (Glory) are a good side but if we play to our best we can get a result.”