ECU looks to end goal drought against Athena

ECU looks to end goal drought against Athena

Posted on May 7, 2011 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will be looking to end their barren streak in front of goal when Floreat Athena visit the Arena on Saturday (3pm)

It’s been 450 minutes since they scored in the League, and Coach Syd Amphlett is looking for that to change on Saturday. “It’s another big game for both teams on Saturday, with Floreat having had a couple of consecutive wins while we are still looking for a goal after four games,” said Amphlett.

“It’s a must win for us with a two week break looming, the last thing we need at the moment is a break and hopefully the league can put this right by excluding NTC next season. However, we’ve had no luck in recent weeks, so we need a break and hopefully it starts on Saturday. We have been unlucky with a few referees’ decisions but at the end of the day it is up to the players to go out there and put the work in to gain the right result.

“The boys continue to show the right attitude and work hard in training and now must continue that Saturday, hopefully with a win!”

In team news ECU will be without defender Mark Tebbut through suspension, while Ben Kelly and Ross Anderson have both left the club. Into the squad come Matt Italiano and Ross Laing, who have both recovered from injury. Skipper Dale McCulloch and Charlie Comyn-Platt will be vital, while John Thornley and Ian McMurray will hope to end their goal droughts.

Athena has improved in recent weeks and will be looking for three straight wins. James Isaia and Jarrad Smith have been impressive in recent weeks, while Julian Madaschi, Paul van Dongen, Alex Dunn and Liam Boland continue to perform well.