Bayswater City v ECU Joondalup – Preview

Bayswater City v ECU Joondalup – Preview

Posted on April 11, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are on the road this week with a trip to Frank Drago Reserve, to take league leaders Bayswater City on Saturday (3pm)

Coach Dale McCulloch is well aware the game on Saturday will be tough, but he is confident of a good showing from his chargers. “They’ve set the standard – it’s now up to us to see how we measure up against them,” said McCulloch.

After beating Armadale 1-0 on the opening day of the new NPL season, Bayswater have gone from strength to strength with a 5-2 win over Balcatta, a 3-2 victory over Inglewood United and a 2-0 triumph over Perth before thumping Ashfield 5-0 in the Cool Ridge Cup last weekend.

ECU sits in third place in the league, five points behind Bayswater, and they will look to bounce back from their last league game against Sorrento. “They’ve had the sort of consistency we are still striving to achieve,” said McCulloch.

“The challenge against Bayswater on their home turf will give us an idea of where we’re at. We’ve got targets – and they are mainly at getting into finals football. We’re not thinking beyond that at the moment.”

Defender Ryan Lowry, who was sent off against Forrestfield, misses out on Saturday through suspension, and 17-year-old Gareth Crawley is in line to make his league debut.

Bayswater and former Perth Glory midfielder Todd Harnwell is looking to continue their great start to the season, but knows Dale McCulloch’s side will be tough. “Joondalup have started well and they’re always dangerous. They have some quick skilful players who have been banging away goals for fun,” said Howarth.

“Jon Higgins and Tommy Amphlett are players you always need to keep an eye on, and they snatched a late draw at our place last year and we’ll be looking to make amends for that.” Chris Saldaris and Steve Burton return to the side that beat Ashfield last week, but Damien Catalano misses with a hamstring injury.