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Under-20s make first entry to trophy cabinet

MURRAY United collected its first piece of silverware this week, but it won’t be the last, according to one of its senior coaches.

James Coutts took the under-20 squad to Shepparton to play against fellow premier and state league clubs and came home with the trophy.

The squad were all well-known and established stars from AWFA senior teams last year — Alex West (TCW), Raul Pahina (Myrtleford), Darcy Pawlik (Diamonds), Dylan Gavel (Melrose), Lionel Masudi (Albury City) and Melkie Woldemichael (Boomers) to name a few.

Coutts said it was a squad blessed with talent but on a learning curve.

“We learned a lot,” he said.

“There is no doubting the depth of talent, but where we are struggling is the technical knowledge on the pitch and professionalism.

“The tournament showed us we will also need to match the physicality of opposition sides.”

Coutts said Murray United was at its best when it used the width of the pitch and its natural speed.

“We struggled to play the ball through the middle of the park and they were able to press high up the field and we lacked a bit of composure on the ball,” he said.

“But when we went wide it opened up the game, gave us more space in midfield and we looked much more dangerous.”

Coutts said most of the squad would play in the under-20 competition.

“Probably Melkie is the only one with the body and physical strength to be a regular in the senior side,” he said.

“The others we’ll drip feed into the seniors rather than have them bash themselves up against the bigger bodies each week.

“They have the talent but we’ll have to manage it.”

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