ECU Youngsters primed for Cup tie

ECU Youngsters primed for Cup tie

Posted on May 19, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s will be in the spotlight this week, with the other teams eliminated in the last round they will be flying the ECU flag at Cockburn in the State League Cup Quarter-Finals. 

Skipper Tom Hough said the cup run has helped their league form. “I believe in both games of the cup we have had a slow start but once we got going we dominated both the teams and played well,” he said. “We had plenty of chances especially against Joondalup to kill the game of early although we just couldn’t take them. But both wins have given us confidence and we’ve picked up in the league and started to get some good results.”

The 17-year-old defender said it will be another tight game, and they will be hoping for a better result than the last game against them. “Cockburn are a good team and will be a tough game on Saturday. When we played them last we had a few players moving up to the 20’s, include myself missing out on the second half so with a full strength team we are hoping to get the win,” he said. “Football is all about development and it’s great for young players to be getting chances in the first team and 20’s. Doing this also gives coaches like Dean a tricky task on whom he can bring up to fill the positions of the players who have moved up.”

Central defender Danny O’Shea said the side are looking forward to the challenge on Saturday and continue their good recent form. “After the 1-6 win away to Joondalup United in the first game of the season, the 18s team definitely expected a great start to the season, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. However, there’s definitely been a massive improvement over the last few weeks for the 18s, with some good results to show as well, especially the 7-0 at home to Mandurah which gave the boys a massive confidence boost along with the three points, and the team is improving each week.”

The 15-year-old said Saturday’s cup game is huge for the boys. “Being the only senior team left in the cup we want nothing less than to go on all the way and bring the silverware home for the club. I wasn’t involved with the league game against Cockburn earlier this season, as I’d been pushed on to the 20’s that week. But I’m aware that it was a very close game, and watching the first half from the stands the boys looked really strong, and I don’t doubt this weekend we can go to Cockburn as a stronger side, and really show just how good we are as a team.”

Hough and O’Shea are the latest youngsters to come through the clubs successful academy and both are developing their football well. “The club does have a huge reputation of pushing young players on and personally I think it’s great for players’ development,” O’Shea said. “Luckily enough for me I’ve been pushed on from the 18s to the 20s and it’s really benefitted me being able to play with players older and more experienced than me. In the games I’ve played for the 20’s in the league, I’m really happy with the way I’ve been progressing. But of course pushing players on definitely does have a knock on effect, but it just goes to show how much talent we have in all ages at the club.”