ECU Joondalup v Armadale – NPL-WA Preview

ECU Joondalup v Armadale – NPL-WA Preview

Posted on August 8, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home this weekend when they take on Armadale in Week 20 of the National Premier League at the ECU Football Arena (3pm)

Coach Dale McCulloch is looking forward to the game and knows it will be a tough game, and he thought they should have taken all three points last week against Perth.  “Armadale are coming here with nothing to lose and everything to gain, so the players have to be on from the first whistle. We know Lee (Bamber) has given some of the younger players a chance at Armadale, and we have to be on our guard and play our game,” he said.

“Last week the boys were deeply disappointed with a last minute winner for Perth after dominating the game for 70 minutes. We have been working extremely hard in ensuring that our game plan is present for the whole 90 minutes, to make sure we get the results we deserve.”

The Coach still believes they can push for a top four spot, and it all starts on Saturday. “With three weeks to go, we haven’t given up hope of reaching the finals and will need to get a positive result this week to close the gap on the top 4. Although it is a slim chance the team has great believe and spirit and feel anything is possible,” McCulloch said.

“We have seen great development this year and we feel the club is going in the right direction. We have blooded many young players and given another season to the young players already in the squad, leaving us in good stead for the future.”

Armadale arrive at the Arena after two thrashings, 7-0 at Perth and 6-1 at home to Floreat Athena last week. Matthew Gould pins a tight defence for The Reds, with Billy Quinncroft and Sam Loveless, while in the middle of the park Richman. Mitch Castrili and Alecs Solomon are the engine room, while up front Raveshlan Kuppusamy and Faustinho Machochi is their avenue to goal.

Armadale assistant Coach Saul Contera say’s they are giving their younger players a go. “We are looking forward to putting what has been a very disappointing season behind us and are excited to just go up to ECU and enjoy the game,” he said. “There is no pressure on our young side and we will let them express themselves on the park. Ultimately it would be nice to leave Joondalup with three points for the players, who do work hard week in week out and have not got their heads down despite the large run of negative results.

“It has been a big learning curb for them and some are playing to show if they have what it takes to be with the club next season when Armadale who have saved smartly in the last three seasons will look to bring in a handful of experienced players to compliment a very young group of players.”