ECU Joondalup v Floreat Athena – NPL Preview

ECU Joondalup v Floreat Athena – NPL Preview

Posted on June 20, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home on Saturday when they take on Floreat Athena at the ECU Football Arena (3pm)

After back-to-back wins Dale McCulloch’s side have jumped to sixth on the table, and the coach was really happy with his chargers last week against Perth Glory.  “I was real pleased with the players last week against a talented Perth Glory side, and I thought we deservedly left with all three points,” McCulloch said. “Our squad is getting stronger each week, and we had a strong bench against the Glory, and spots for starting places are hotting up, and training has stepped up a notch in recent weeks.”

The Coach is wary of a Floreat side, which have just parted company with their coach Peter Murphy, but expects a strong performance from his players as they look to keep in touch with the leading pack. “Floreat will be a tough opposition on Saturday. Peter Murphy had done a good job since he joined their coaching staff, and they have improved, so it was a surprise to see him leave, but that’s not my concern,” McCulloch said.

“We are on a good run of form in the league, winning four of the last five games, but we are improving as a unit, and with a few new additions I’m confident we can continue that form on Saturday, but we need to be at our best on the day.”

Tommy Amphlett returns from suspension and has been added to the squad, along with new English midfielder Carl Rodgers, so team selection this week will give McCulloch a few headaches.

It’s been tumultuous week at Floreat, with another change of coach, with Glenn Grostate taking over from Murphy, who surprisingly left the club in the week. The Floreat squad is talented with Tom Dixon between the sticks, while at the back Bobby Wilson, Mark Walsh, Cameron Yorke and Jake Allen have formed a great partnership. In the middle of the park skipper Ludovic Boi and Aryn Williams run the show, down the flanks they have Ashley Corker and Callum Fransz, while Up front former ECU striker John Thornley and Jamie Eames will need to be watched closely.

They arrive at the arena today, after a 1-4 loss at Perth SC last week, but there is only three points separating the two on the table. Get along and support ECU – Under 18’s kick off at 11am, Under 20’s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.