Sorrento v ECU Joondalup – Preview

Sorrento v ECU Joondalup – Preview

Posted on July 6, 2012 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup make the short trip to Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday to take on local neighbours Sorrento (3pm)

Salv Todaro’s side got back in the winner’s circle last week with a hard fought 1-0 win against Bayswater City last week and the coach is expecting the same sort of commitment on Saturday. “”I was very pleased for the boys and the club on our win last week, especially following on from the previous week’s effort. It was fantastic to be involved in a great team effort and the boys played extremely well,” said Todaro.

“Sorrento will be disappointed after losing last week at Perth and will be out all out to cement their spot in the top 5. We need to continue to work hard and chip away getting results, and Sorrento represents another opportunity for us to do that.”

They travel to the local derby without the suspended John Higgins, Scott Bushby and Danny Allen, but John Thornley believes they can come away with the points. “Last week was definitely a great win for us, massive underdogs going into the game after two terrible performances, it was great to get three points and keep touch with the other teams around us,” said Thornley.

“Saturday is a huge game and a local derby. We have few players out with suspension and injury so will be a test but hopefully we can come away with a result, especially with Sorrento coming off a bad result.”

The Gulls, who welcome back Jamie Harnwell to the squad, were beaten 4-0 at Perth last week and Coach Paul Price is expecting the side to bounce back against their local rivals. “We were very poor against Perth, although they played ok; I think most teams would have beaten us on the day, as not one player performed to the required standard. It does not help when an opposing player scores with two stunning free kicks against you, but that can be no excuse for our display,” said Price.

“If we play against Joondalup the same way then we will lose again, but I’m expecting a response from the team and show the last game was a blip, and for us to take the three points on offer.”