Under 18’s and 20’s continue to improve

Under 18’s and 20’s continue to improve

Posted on July 15, 2016 in 'News'

Not only the first team at ECU have been playing well, both the under 18’s and 20’s have been playing some good football in recent weeks.

The under 18’s moved up to fourth place with big their win against Stirling last week, and although the under 20’s lost against Stirling, they are still only four points out of the top five, and will be in the Reserves State Cup Final next weekend against Bayswater City at Dorrien Gardens.

Under 20’s coach Howard Tweets said they are hoping to forget last week’s performance very quickly. “On Saturday we shall try to erase the disappointment of last week’s defeat. Despite dominating the game unlike Perth, the goal frame and keeper kept us scoreless. The first half saw a quite labored approach with players returning from absence, illness and injury,” he said.

“The 2nd period better reflected the recent steps forward the players have made, with a better tempo and intensity in the last third of the pitch, the lads created chances but did all but score, although we were guilty of trying to force a lot of critical balls to early, were as a little more patience and composure on the ball could of produced better opportunities.”

Tweets said Saturday opponents will be tough and their position on the table isn’t a true reflection on how they have been playing. “Floreat will be another tough opponent, however if we can be positive from the start where we finished against Stirling and take control of the game and dictate the pace early, secure supremacy in the middle of the park, the group can gain a positive result,” he said. “That will give us confidence going into next week’s Cup Final.”

The under 18’s have only lost once in their last eight games, and last week’s big win against the then league leaders Stirling was a great effort and Welch was delighted. “Last week i mentioned Stirling being the bench mark team in the league and how we had to rise to that challenge, we did that and more beating them convincingly in the end 5-1,” he said.

“It was a complete performance as a team last week given the fact we had injuries, flu victims and a young 15 year old Ewan Fawcett making his debut {and what a debut}. Everybody dug in and did their jobs and got their just deserves, I commend them for that.”

Welch knows that result will mean nothing if they don’t do the business against Floreat on Saturday. “I’ve told the players this week all of what we achieved last week will mean nothing if it is not backed up with the same resolve against Floreat,” he said. “They are virtually neck to neck with us in the league, and they proved last time out that they never give up and equalized with the last kick of the game. We will make sure that does not happen today and cement our place in the top half of the league.”