What the Coaches had to say………

What the Coaches had to say………

Posted on April 6, 2017 in 'News'

It was two defeats for the under 18’s and 20’s at Cockburn City, but both teams were undermanned.

18’s Coach Dean Pickering said it was another solid performance and nothing to show for it. “With a young side playing against Cockburn and some younger players on the bench we knew it was going to be a difficult task getting past them away from home. We controlled most of them game and had the better of the chances but no reward, this seems to be a common outcome this season which we need to get right starting this week at home to Subiaco,” he said.

“We went into half time with a deserving 1-0 lead through Corey Hyde of a corner, but we should have done a better job and killed the game off by being 3 or 4 up at the half. We let the lead skip early in the second half after switching off and not clearing our lines. We fought hard and through a wonderful piece of individual brilliance from Ewan Fawcett we were back in the lead 2-1. We took control again and had some great opportunities that we let go by again. This come back to haunt us as against the run of play Cockburn scored 2 quick goals.  Credit to the players and the young players who came on, we fought until the final whistle and the performances have been improving every week.”

For 20’s Coach Mark Scanlan he was pleased of the way his players fought out the game. “I thought we played well in spells but our inexperience on the day showed. We lost 7 players from our strongest 11 after they were promoted to the first team so it was a very young U20’s side. Todd Hoyle going off injured was difficult for us as well because of his experience and the calming effect he has on the players in front of him,” he said.

“Young Danny O’Shea made his first start for the 20’s and partnered Ethan Kerridge at centre back, both are young centre backs of great potential, the challenge is for them to step up now and take their games to the next level. I doubt you’ll find a younger centre back pairing in our league at 15 & 16 years old, but ultimately our inexperience cost us the game against a very strong (and old) Cockburn team. But we learn from that and we move onto Subiaco this weekend.”