Wallis impresses on his ECU first team debut

Wallis impresses on his ECU first team debut

Posted on April 22, 2016 in 'News'

It was a disappointing result for ECU Joondalup last week, losing to Stirling Lions 3-0 at Macedonia Park, but the performance of debutant keeper Scott Wallis was the standout on the day.

The 19-year-old made some critical saves to keep the Jacks in the game during the second half, but he said the result wasn’t what they were looking for. “To be honest it’s all about the team and their performance, and today we were just not good enough in the end,” he said. “We made some mistakes at the back and didn’t convert our chances, and it cost us today.”

Wallis said they were confident before the game and he said they were the better team in the first half, but came in at the break one down. “We were pumped up before the game and I thought we dominated for long periods of the half and we’re unlucky to come in at half time behind,” he said. “We had a good chat at the break, and I thought we would go on and win it and we pressed them looking to get the equaliser, but like I said we didn’t convert our possession into goals.”

With ECU pushing forward looking for the equaliser they left holes at the back, and Wallis pulled off some good saves to keep them in the game. “It has to be done sometimes, but that’s my job. I make mistakes as well we’re all in it together, we win as a team and we lose as a team. So we move on to next week and look to get three points at Floreat.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said he was really pleased with Scott’s debut in the first team. “I thought Scotty was outstanding on Saturday, and pulled off some good saves for us,” McCulloch said. “Late on we were pushing men forward and we left gaps at the back, and Scott kept us in the game it was a good first full starting performance from the lad.”

The keeper enjoyed his debut, but not the result, and said the second goal killed them. “Yes, the second goal killed us, it was just one of the things,” he said. “The two lads went for the same ball, but we did have our backs to the wall and they were hitting us on the counter attack, but it was preventable. I enjoyed the game, although it wasn’t the result the team and I were looking for, but hopefully there is a lot more to come.”