ECU home away from home against the Knights

ECU home away from home against the Knights

Posted on June 1, 2012 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup take on Western Knights on Saturday, in a game that was scheduled for Wauhop Park, but the Knights asked ECU if they could play at the ECU Arena and it was agreed by both clubs and Football West to do so, kick off (3pm)

It was a disappointing result at Balcatta last week and Coach Salv Todaro believes the win, their play has deserved, is just around the corner. “Last week’s game at Balcatta was one big roller coaster ride for the team, our supporters and me! In the first half we played some of our best football of the year and deservedly were ahead and were heading into half time very satisfied, however, we conceded another soft goal just before half time which changed the momentum of the game. I thought We were defending quite well in the second half and although Balcatta had upped the anty were putting our respective bodies on the line to ensure they wouldn’t score, when another m istake by the official gave Balcatta a throw which lead to Micevski’s shot being ricocheted off Davies’ boot and spinning in off the cross the bar, and then I am told that Micevski was offside when he received the ball for their winning goal,” explained Todaro

“Naturally we were all gutted at the end of the game, but the character that the team is showing and the way that the team is playing it won’t be too long before we turn things around.”

ECU keeper Andy Banks can’t wait for Saturday’s game to get their season back on the rails. “It was another bad result against Balcatta last weekend, we could of been 3 or 4 up at half time if we took are chances. I thought we were excellent first half apart from the last couple of minutes when we switched off to let the Balcatta player have a free header in are box that they scored from,’ explained Banks.

“The second half was a bit one way traffic with Balcatta having most of the possession but you expect that playing against one of the fancied teams in the league, but it could of been a different story if we kept a clean sheet by half time and took are chances.”

“This weekend’s game against Western Knights can’t come quick enough for us players. We are all looking forward to it and we now how much it means to the club to get a result. Training again this week has been very good and intense and it’s a matter of time until results start to turn for us.”

In team news central defender Nick Davies is out injured, but will have Tommy Jones and Tanner Selyer back in contention. The club also hope to have John Thornley in the side. The striker returned to the Arena from Balcatta on Wednesday and trained with new teammates on Thursday night, but his clearance from Football West hasn’t been received as yet.

The loss of Stuart Montgomery, Johny Mirco, Callum Roberts, Glenn Thomas and Frazer Siddall has left a huge hole to fill for the Knights and former ECU 18’s coach Willie Kelly. Kevin Miller is the keeper to replace Siddall, while skipper David Annall Ivan Zuvela and Jesse Fuller form an imposing defensive unit, the supply from midfield comes from Daniel Trim with the task of scoring goals falling to Rory Grant.

The club have turned to the youth players to fill the void, with Ethan Levitt, Philip Galipo and Thomas Gasser and Jacob Aquino all starting last week at Perth. The Knights arrive at The ECU Arena having only won one game on the road this season, a stunning 5-4 win at Sorrento in round five.  Last time in the league they were well beaten at Perth SC, so will be looking to bounce back on Saturday – Get along and support the lads!!!