O’Shea ready for Lions challenge

O’Shea ready for Lions challenge

Posted on March 3, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will be looking to bounce back from last week defeat against Armadale and defender Danny O’Shea said they will be giving it their all against Stirling Lions tonight at the ECU Football Stadium.

The 16-year-old said the hot conditions last week didn’t help, and they also had players missing, but he said they need to learn from their mistakes.

“It was definitely a tough game for the boys in hot conditions and it was a disappointing loss, but it’s still early days for us as a team and it’s a game we can all look back on and learn from,” he said.

“It’s a shame that we were short of a few players, but the players that came up from the U16’s did a good job on the day. Moving forward I think the game against Armadale just shows that there’s still a lot to work on.

“We have to go into each and every game with a winning mentality, but overall the team knows it was a disappointing loss, but we just have to keep looking to improve week in, week out.”

It’s a new look 18’s side this season and a new coach, and O’Shea said they are starting to gel well, and there is more to come. “The 18’s team is definitely starting to gel together really well, despite only playing a few games together,” he explained.

“All the boys seem to be really enjoying playing for Dean as well, so things are looking good for us as a team. With the Coaches knowledge of the game, and the quality of players within the team there’s no doubt that we can only get better, and it’s definitely going to be an exciting season.”

18’s Coach Dean Pickering said O’Shea was excellent last week and is looking for more of the same tonight. “Danny played well last week and he is a great lad to work with,” he said.

“He’s a young lad with a big future ahead of him and his football. He has a great attitude and is a massive presence in the team.

“He brings composure on the ball at the back and really helps keep players in shape and keeps them fighting throughout the game.

“Already in the early part of the season he has been sitting on the bench for the under 20’s and this is just a credit to his attitude and his ability. Really looking forward to a big season form Danny and seeing how far he can go.”

O’Shea is looking forward to tonight’s game and bouncing back from the loss last week. “We come up against Stirling Lions tonight, and it’s going to be another tough game, but Dean’s been working us hard in training and we’ll definitely be looking to bounce back from last week and get the three points,” he said.

“It’s going to be a very exciting game and the lads all seem to be buzzing for it, so it’s definitely a game to look forward to.”