ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory – Preview

ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory – Preview

Posted on March 14, 2014 in 'News'

Perth Glory visits the ECU Sports Arena on Saturday in week two of the National Premier League (3pm)

Both sides are coming off draws in the opening round, but ECU assistant coach Craig Stephenson is hoping for a better start than last week. “We were probably a bit slow to start, but the effort and commitment the boys showed in the second half was pleasing,” he said.

“Being the first game of the season we were satisfied with the point and will be looking to build on that this week.

“The positive response we received from supporters after the game proves we are on the right track and the football philosophy we are driving at the club is paying dividends and people want to come watch ECU.”

Stephenson knows the Glory side will be talented but believes they have the game plan to beat them. “With Perth Glory entering the state league for the first time it is exciting for our lads to play against some of the best young talent in the state. We know we will have to be at our best, but Dale and I are confident we have the lads prepared well for the game,” he said.

In team news keeper Andy Banks and defender Ryan Townsend should be fit after injuries last week, but Ryan McDarby misses again with a groin injury.

To say the summer was a difficult time for Scott Miller’s side would be an understatement, but what each player gleamed from the National Youth League will be put to good use during the coming months.

Luke Radonich, Riley Woodcock, Alexander Castiello, Sean Troup, Borbor Sambindi , Lawrence Shurama, Slobodan Vulin, skipper Jacob Collard,and  former ECU players Joe Knowles,  Scott Robinson and Jack Oldham are the players to watch.

Get along and see ECU play – Under 18’s kick off at 10.45am, the Under 20’s at 1pm, and the first team at 3pm