The Final word ……. From the Coaches

The Final word ……. From the Coaches

Posted on May 12, 2017 in 'News'

We sat down and chatted to First Team assistant Coach David Tough, and 18’s Coach Dean Pickering and 20’s Coach Mark Scanlan ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster games against Perth SC.

Tough believes the game will see where they are at, at the half way mark of the season. “It’s a real 6 pointer this weekend against the current champions.  It’s a fixture we always look forward to as we always have a real tussle with Perth at the campus,” he said.

“Perth are very similar to us where they have embraced the NPL model and have a young side complimented with some quality experienced players. Were excited to keep our unbeaten run in the league going and hopefully if we can pick up the 3 points to put some pressure on the ladder leaders – bring it on!”

The under 20’s are coming off a heavy defeat against the Glory, but Scanlan said his young side will learn from. “The result against Glory was hugely disappointing. We conceded two poor goals despite playing well in the first half, we came out in the 2nd and conceded another straight away,” he said.

“It was only after being 3-0 down that we put up a fight. I’m so pleased that Ben Hinshelwood got himself two goals on his first start for the 20’s. We then had to make some substitutions due to injuries and the wheels fell off – It was unacceptable.

“We were taught a lesson by a very good Glory side, their movement off the ball and their attacking players were exceptional. It’s a team that we personally know very well, we were well prepared but we didn’t execute our game plan.”

Scanlan said his team have played well this season and they are ready for a big game against Perth. “The continued involvement of our young players in the first team has led to the promotion of some of our younger players from the ECU academy,” he explained.

“With eight of our U20’s appearing for the first team this season already, young Danny O’Shea and Ben Hinshelwood have been promoted to the U20’s despite their tender years and have showcased their enormous potential. We’ll play a very organised Perth SC side, who have won a lot of games already this season. It will be a great challenge today for our young side but we welcome it!”

The under 18’s lost for the first time in three week at the Glory, but Pickering said they played well and will bounce back. “Last week wasn’t the result we were after, but a very positive performance and a lot to take from the game. We took the lead early through Callum Speed with a well finished goal after stealing the ball from the Glory and breaking through,” he said.

“We continued to look dangerous and dominate the game, but some individual brilliance and a slight lapse in concentration saw us conceding two late goals in the first half. The second half we again look threatening and kept putting the glory under pressure but we just couldn’t find that final pass and score the goals.

“Against the run of play the Glory score again to finish the game off. All in all, was a tough game as they are a good side with some fantastic players, but credit to my boys who fought until the final whistle.”

Pickering said the task doesn’t get any easier for his side on Saturday with Perth SC calling at the campus. “It’s the final game of the first half of the season, and it’s been a mixed first half of the season, but we have been finishing strongly and picked up some good results and performances of late,” he said.

“Saturday’s game will be a tough test and should be a good game to be a part of. Both teams wanting to finish well going into the second half of the season. We’re all looking forward to the game.”

Kick off times: Under 18’s 11am – 20’s 1pm – First Team 3pm