ECU Joondalup v Balcatta – Preview

ECU Joondalup v Balcatta – Preview

Posted on April 19, 2014 in 'News'

Both ECU Joondalup and Balcatta will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeats, when the pair meets at the ECU Football Arena on Saturday. (3pm)

ECU has lost back-to-back games, but assistant Coach Craig Stevenson believes the youngsters being given the opportunity in the first team is a plus. ‘We’ve had mixed results in the last couple of weeks, but on the positive side we have blooded a couple of youngsters in recent weeks which bodes well for the club for the future,’ he said.

“The squad has been working extremely hard at training to ensure our shape, and we are aiming to put in a strong performance on Saturday, against a good Balcatta side.” In team news Ryan Lowry returns from suspension for the home side, but they will be missing David Caine, Joe Smith and Tommy Amphlett.

Balcatta were beaten 2-1 in the Italian derby last week against Perth, but Ramon Falzon side have been on a good run of form, especially the 4-1 win at Inglewood United in their last game on the road while. They will travel north without midfielder Kris Gate, who is injured.

The under 18’s kick things off at 11pm and stand in Coach Syd Amphlett has been delighted with the young side. “It was a fantastic performance last week, not just the six goals, but the style in which they carried it out,” he said.

The under-20 kicks off at 1pm and Danny Stevens is looking to bounce back from last week’s 4-2 defeat at Bayswater. “We could have scored a few more and finished the game strongly, the boys put in a great effort and I’m sure we will bounce back this week,” he said.