ECU Joondalup Academy players star at Nationals

ECU Joondalup Academy players star at Nationals

Posted on September 29, 2018 in 'News'

It’s been a successful week for our academy players who have performed well for the Football West state under 13’s and 14’s sides (Gold Fields is the sponsor of all Football West State teams) at the National Youth Championships at Coffs Harbour.

The club have 16 players representing the under 13’s and 14’s and under 20’s Coach Mark Scanlan is the Head Coach of the under 14’s side, whose side opened the tournament with a 3-1 win against Brisbane Roar with goals to Jacks trio Sebastian Gomez, Daniel Katz and Taiga Matoba. However, the under 13’s went down 0-2 also to Brisbane Roar.  (Photo – WA and ECU Players celebrate Kane McEwan’s goal v NSW  Left to Right – Matsuki Kondo, Callum Piper, Kane McEwan, Taiga Matoba and Oli Makin)

Both sides opened Day Two with wins against Capital Football (Canberra) Jacks duo Louis Hadfield and Toby Snook were on target as the under 13’s won 2-1, while Jacks Kane McEwan scored along with Murdoch’s Liam Ellison also gave them a 2-1 win. They backed up later in the day to take on Football NSW Blue, and the under 13’s were beaten 0-3, while Scanlan’s 14’s came from behind to win 2-1, with a brace from McEwan.

“It was our second game today, so the boys were tired, but we defended really well, and I couldn’t be happier,” Scanlan said. “The majority of their team make up the Sydney FC Under 15’s so they are a really good team, and it’s been a good day for Kane, three goals in two games.”

In Day Three both sides again had double headers and in the first game Jacks Toby Snook bagged a hat-trick in the first half hour as the under 13’s beat Victoria Country 3-0, while the under 14’s fought out a 1-1 draw with South Australia Blue, with Murdoch’s Liam Ellison on target. In the later game’s goals from Jacks duo Louis Hadfield and Snook and another from Perth SC’s Cohen Monteiro gave the 13’s a 3-2 win against South Australia Blue, while the Under 14’s were held to a scoreless draw by Victoria Country.

In Day Four the under 13’s suffered a heavy 0-6 defeat against Victoria Metro in their opening game while the under 14’s drew 2-2 with Tasmania.  Kane McEwan gave WA a first half lead, but Tasmania struck back with two goals in a three-minute spell after the break. But a goal from McEwan’s ECU Joondalup teammate Taiga Matoba earned a hard-fought draw.

“It was a game we should have won but all things considered it was a good result,” Scanlan said. “But to be unbeaten after six games is fantastic and if we can extend that tomorrow against Queensland Metro and come home unbeaten, then that would be a terrific achievement for the boys. It should be a great game.”

So, to the final day’s game and first up the Under 13’s went down 2-5 to Northern NSW, with a brace from Toby Snook, which took his tally to seven goals for the tournament – Well done Toby!!!!! The under 14’s were also beaten on the final day, going down 2-4 to Queensland Metro, their only defeat of the tournament, the WA goals were scored by Jacks duo Aidan Coyne and Kane McEwan his fifth goal of the tournament. There was some WA success with Perth Glory claiming the Under 13 and Under 14 titles in the Two-star Academy category.

Gold Fields Football West State teams results:

Under 13’s

Day One – Game 1 – Brisbane Roar 2 (Nash 4′, Okumo 12′) Western Australia 0

Day Two – Game 2 – Western Australia 2 (Hadfield 30′, Snook 36′) Capital Football 1 (Peil 4′) Game 3 – Western Australia 0 Football NSW Blue 3 (Pini 5′, 43′, Kamara 49′)

Day Three – Game 4 – Victoria Country 0 Western Australia 3 (Snook 7′, 11′, 28′) – Game 5 – Western Australia 3 (Monteiro 21′, Hadfield 33′, Snook 50′) South Australia Blue 2 (Ljujic 43′, Ljujic 46′)

Day Four – Game 6 – Western Australia 0 Victoria Metro 6 (Minutoli 5′, 38′, Durso 7′, 25′, Sulemani 27′, 34′)

Day Five – Game 7 – Western Australia 2 (Snook 30′, 46′) Northern NSW 5 (King 10′, Newton 34′, 43′, 47′, Fitzpatrick 36′)

Under 14’s

Day One – Game 1 – Brisbane Roar 1 (Dent 3′) Western Australia 3 (Gomez 33′, Katz 41′, Matoba 50′)

Day Two – Game 2 – Western Australia 2 (Ellison 7′, McEwan 26′) Capital Football 1 (Cervo 50′)

Game 3 – Western Australia 2 (McEwan 21′, 28′) Football NSW Blue 1 (Girdwood-Reid 3′)

Day Three – Game 4 – Western Australia 1 (Ellison 7′) South Australia Blue 1 (Visser 10′)

Game 5 – Victoria Country 0 Western Australia 0

Day Four – Game 6 – Western Australia 2 (McEwan 17′, Matoba 49′) Tasmania 2 (Gardner 28′, Sturzaker 30′)

Day Five – Game 7 – Western Australia 2 (Coyne 35′, McEwan 35′) Queensland Metro 4 (Smith 5′, Katz 19′, Young 29′, Pirone 32′)

Gold Fields Under 13 State squad: Reece Bantleman, Jacob Evans, Louis Hadfield, Josh Kingston, Jay Patel, Toby Snook (all ECU Joondalup), Francis Ballah, Tayton Bosman (Gk) (both Ellenbrook United), Adeson Oyasope, Dickson Phoon (Gk) (both Fremantle City), Adam Csontos, Michael Huynh, Perry McQueen (all Inglewood United), Khoa Ngo (Joondalup United), Sam Byrne (Mandurah City), Cohen Monteiro (Perth SC), Dylan Di Toro (Subiaco)

Gold Fields Under 14 State squad: Luke Passeretto (Balcatta), Aidan Coyne, Sebastian Gomez, Daniel Katz, Matsuki Kondo, Oliver Makin, Taiga Matoba, Kane McEwan, Joseph Pollard (Gk), Callum Piper, Shade Stewart (all ECU Joondalup), Alexander Christodoulakis (Floreat Athena), Max Blackshaw, Isaac Driessen (Gk), Liam Ellison, Cory McNelis (all Murdoch University Melville), Rory Betts (Perth SC)