Scanlan looking for consistency in second half of the season

Scanlan looking for consistency in second half of the season

Posted on June 2, 2017 in 'News'

A come-from-behind win last week against Joondalup United from Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s, was the start of what the coach is hoping is some consistency in the second half of the NPL season.

They conceded early in the Joondalup Derby, but Scanlan said he was happy with the performance. “I thought we deserved the win, we did give them an early goal and they disrupted us for the first 30 minutes by being very direct, but we settled after Fraser Garnaut’s equaliser and started to move the ball about,” he said.

“The second half for us was much better, Ben Hinshelwood capped off a good spell of patient possession by scoring the second and of course earned us the 3rd when he was bought down for the penalty, a good three points that has moved up to sixth.”

The under 20’s have had a number of squad players step up to the first team, which has affected the structure of Scanlan’s side, but he said the experience the players have gained will help them in the future. “It’s been the same story all season – The 20s have stepped up to the first team almost every week to prop them up and they’ve acquitted themselves admirably,” he said.

“It will only get tougher as the season goes on but they’ve shown that they are capable of stepping up, which bodes well for the future of the club.”

A positive of the 20’s stepping up to the first team is Scanlan has worked with some of the under 18’s squad, and he said they have done a good job for him. “The 18’s have been asked to come in and do a job a little earlier than maybe some of them were ready for, but they’ve done really well in my eyes,” he explained.

“These young lads will make mistakes, but their attitude for me has been superb. Hopefully they go away and reflect on their performances and become better footballers.  I think the fact that we’ve had three lads: Ewan Fawcett, Danny O’Shea and Ben Hinshelwood all start for the U20′s when they can still play juniors on a Sunday is impressive enough.”

The 20’s face a tough trip to Armadale on Saturday, and Scanlan has told the squad consistency is the key. “We go to Armadale with a game in hand and I think we’ve done well to stay in touch with the leading pack, all things considered,” he said.

“The top four is our aim, if we can finish in the top four we know on our day we can beat anyone,” he said. “We’ve spoken to the players about consistency and I’m confident we will start to get that.

“With more than half the 20’s squad on paper now having played first team football, the experience for them will only make them better when they do return to us, I’m really looking forward to the game on Saturday and coming home with the a positive result.”