ECU Joondalup v Bayswater City – NPL-WA Preview

ECU Joondalup v Bayswater City – NPL-WA Preview

Posted on July 4, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup entertains league leaders Bayswater City in Week 16 of the National Premier League-WA on Saturday (3pm)

A hard fought away point at Sorrento last week, pleased Coach Dale McCulloch, especially after the 1-4 loss against Floreat Athena the week before. “It was a typical derby last week, and the lads showed great character to fight back and take a point, and in the end we could have taken all three,” he said.

“Yes the sending off of James Morgan helped us, but it’s harder to play against ten men sometimes, and in past meetings with the Gulls, they have done a job on us. So to see the lads roll up their sleeves when we went 1-0 down and fight back was pleasing, especially after our disappointing result against Floreat.”

Bayswater head North, having not won in three games, which has seen their lead at the top of the table cut to just two points, but McCulloch is looking forward to the challenge. “They are a quality side and have shown that all season, “he said.

“When you play the best teams it brings the best out of your players. The lads have worked really hard at training this week and they can’t wait for the game and to see how far we’ve progressed, and we’re all looking forward to the challenge.”

In team news Charlie Comyn-Platt returns at the heart of the back four, but Jake Benson-Cooper misses out with injury.  While Bayswater will be missing defender Chris Saladris, who is serving the first of a two game suspension, after being sent off last week against Perth SC.

City Coach Chris Coyne has a well-balanced squad, one which combines skill, mobility and experience. Very little is given away at the back by Devon Spence, Captain Trent Kay, John Kearney, Andy Reale and youngsters Chris Saldaris and Sam Mitchinson.

Across the middle it’s Jamie Coyne, Brian Farrell and Todd Howarth that operate with menace while in Steve Burton, David Heagney and Gustavo Giron-Marulanda, they have arguably the competition’s most feared strike force.

They arrive at the Arena today at the top of the table, but their lead at the top has been cut to two points after a three game run without a win. Last week they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Perth SC, with Steve Burton scoring the equaliser.