Johns shines as under 20’s go back-to-back

Johns shines as under 20’s go back-to-back

Posted on March 3, 2017 in 'News'

A man of the match performance from defender Ben Johns last weekend helped the Jacks Under 20’s to a 3-1 win against Armadale, and make it back-to-back wins to start the new PS4NPLWA season.

The 19-year-old, who will be celebrating his 20th birthday, next week, said the win against Armadale was good, especially after they had beaten Perth Glory in the opening round.

“Obviously very pleased with the win last week and it’s a credit to all the boys that our hard work in pre-season is paying off. Armadale made the final last year so for us to win so convincingly shows of the talent that we have this year at ECU amongst the playing group,” he said.

“To also win with a few key players out gives us great confidence in the depth of our squad and that any given player can step up and do a job for the team, as seen in a few of the u/18’s boys coming up and doing tremendously well.”

Johns said the squad is combining well and they are all focused to bring success to the club. “The side we have this season is very young and dynamic, and we have gelled together very well in a short period of time which is a credit to the coaches and the culture we have at ECU,” he said.

“Mark (Scanlan)has been great so far this season and a lot of the team’s success is a testament to his hard work and professionalism on and off the field, as well as Dale, Steven and Toughy with the first team.

“He has instilled a winning mentality amongst the squad and strives to get the best out of his players on a weekly basis.

“We are a great footballing team but can also compete in the physical side of the game as we proved last week.”

Scanlan said Johns is back at home at the Jacks and he is expecting a good season from his defender.

“Ben is a former ECU boy, who like many went to the NTC/Glory programs and he has had a good football education,” he said.

“He is a real asset to us on the pitch, and he’s an intelligent player and a natural leader. Despite his gangly appearance, he’s a very good football and is good with the ball at his feet, a top lad and a talented player to boot.”

Johns has also played in the first team in the Night Series and first team Coach Dale McCulloch said he’s a great young lad. “Ben came into the squad for the Night Series and he never looked out of place,” he said.

“He listens to what you’re telling him and wants to learn, and he shows a great temperament on the ball, and is good in the air, and if he continues to perform well for the under 20’s he will push for a spot in the first team.”