Skinner looks at Millwall trialists in Kingstonian defeat

 © Joel Virgo
© Joel Virgo

ELITE development squad manager Justin Skinner ran the rule over a group of trialists in the U21's defeat to Kingstonian.

Shawn McCoulsky, an 18-year-old striker who scored four goals in 17 games for Dulwich Hamlet last season is one who is looking to impress Skinner.

Christian Mbulu is another looking to earn a conntract with Millwall. The former Brentwood Town defender made 16 appearances for the Ryman Premier side in 2014-15.

Ben Thompson scored the young Lion’s only goal in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat in a team that included Jamie Philpot, Alfie Pavey and Jack Powell.

And Skinner also had a chance to look at former Watford left-back Harry Kyprianou again, who played for the U21s against Braintree Town two weeks ago.

On the defeat, Skinner told the club’s official site: "There were some good bits in there.

"We're fairly early on with our preparations for the season but it is still disappointing not to win.

"We made a lot of changes around the 60-minute mark, by which time we were dominating possession and looked like we could get a goal at any time.

"Those substitutions messed up a few partnerships throughout the team but they still only had a couple of shots, if not just the one chance in the second-half, and unfortunately for us it went in.

"We rallied and had another go with some of the youngsters on the pitch so it was all quite encouraging.

"There was nothing to get too disheartened about but at the same time we want to win every game. That's the only disappointment."

Meanwhile, there has been no update on other trialist Henry Breimyr.

Jay Taylor


49 thoughts on “Skinner looks at Millwall trialists in Kingstonian defeat

  • July 22, 2015 at 15:24

    I went last night. The poor lad at left back Kyprianou, had a stinker. I thought Ben Thompson played well, wouldn't surprise me if we see him at some stage of the season.

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    • July 22, 2015 at 18:22

      @billy88: i went to the game as well, thought powell was charlie big balls, philpot put in a shift chasing down lost causes, romeo has pace and carried the ball well, overall the trialists in particular the left back were no great shakes! oh and the snack bar was orrible!!

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      • July 23, 2015 at 12:27

        @TONY BLOCK28: yes mate i agree. If he puts on a bit of muscle he would do alright. I liked the lad (number 17 i think) who replaced him, put himself about a bit.

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  • July 22, 2015 at 16:50

    I've been to a number of these games in the past and I think they are a waste of time. Putting together a group of youngsters who don't know each other and expecting to find a potential signing is like panning for gold in the River Thames. The best place to look at them is in real competitive matches when they are working (or not working) to win.

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    • July 22, 2015 at 17:09

      Not really. If your on trial at a club you hope to sign for, you will run your nuts off weather it's a friendly not. And the fact is , if they are performing well during the league season, then we probably wouldn't be the only club looking, and when we are battling with another team for a signature, it doesn't usually end well for us.

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