Western Sydney teenage striker Lachlan Scott is looking to continue his goal scoring exploits when the Wanderers take on Edgeworth Eagles in their round of 16 FFA Cup tie at Magic Park, Broadmeadow tomorrow night.
Scott’s stunning display on debut saw the 19-year-old turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win when his second half brace against Wellington Phoenix saw the Wanderers avoid another round of 32 FFA cup exit.
The club’s attacking options looked thin after the off-season departures of Mark Bridge, Federico Piovaccari and Dario Vidosic. But Scott’s emergence has given coach Tony Popovic a boost ahead of their A-League campaign.
Looking towards the FFA Cup clash against their Northern New South Wales NPL opponent, the Young Socceroo says he is looking to add to his debut performance.
“I just want to get as many minutes as I can, to get on the field and to keep playing and score some goals hopefully,” he said.
“The goal of the team is to win the A League, win the FFA cup, win everything I guess. If I can contribute my best to that by scoring and playing well then they are my goals.”
The youngster only became a first team squad member in June and still lives with his parents in Wollongong where he makes the daily commute to Sydney. Recalling his first professional game, the former APIA junior says he felt mixed emotions.
“I was a bit nervous leading up to game," he said. "I wanted to make a good impression for the boss and for the fans as well, as it is important for them. When it was official that I would be starting I was very excited. It was a strange feeling. I had a couple of nerves but I was excited more than anything. I was keen to get that opportunity. I wanted it for a while now and to finally get it was a great feeling.”
Scott added: “But I’m definitely enjoying it. I’ve had a lot of help along the way. It’s a very good few months for me and I think I have improved a lot as a player in that period of time. Especially playing around the better players and working with the youth coach, the first team coach, everyone, even the nutritionist and the physios.”
Trevor Morgan who coached Scott in the Wanderers youth team says the young star profited from playing in the NPL 2 before making the transition to the A-League.
“It’s obviously a dual benefit," he said. “Firstly playing against men as opposed to kids. The second thing is the NYL is eight or nine matches so by adding the NPL we are adding the 26 matches plus finals so in essence we’ll have over 40 matches.
“That’s where the learning to be a senior players come from. It will make them match hardened and a little bit more street wise and more aware of what type challenge they have to deal with.”