ECU Joondalup v Sorrento – Preview

ECU Joondalup v Sorrento – Preview

Posted on March 27, 2014 in 'News'

It’s the NPL-WA rivalry round this weekend with Sorrento visiting the ECU Sports Arena to take on ECU Joondalup in week 4 action.

Assistant Coach Craig Stephenson has been delighted with the side’s season to date. “We were pleased with the lad’s efforts last week and we are looking for them replicate that again this week, against a strong Sorrento side,” he said.

“We are working really hard with the boys during the week and we are starting to see some reward for that hard week. It’s really exciting for everyone involved with the club, the committee, coaching staff, players and supporters always love an ECU vs Sorrento derby. We are hoping that we can provide a positive result and keep driving the positive momentum at the club.”

ECU skipper Jon Higgins knows games against the Gulls are tight affairs. “We’ve started the season well and Saturday will be a huge test for us,” he said. “Games against Sorrento are always pretty intense meetings, and we know they are going to be well organised, big and strong. But we are in a great place at the moment the lads are physically and mentally as fit as I’ve ever seen an ECU team, and we are banging in a few goals too, so we are looking forward to Saturday, and hope there is a big crowd to watch it.”

Joondalup defender Charlie Comyn-Platt returns after missing the win at Floreat, but Ryan McDarby is still out with a groin injury. Sorrento will be missing Ryan Pearson with injury, but Jason Mirco is close to a return after missing most of last season with injury.

The under 20’s will be looking to continue from last week’s stunning comeback against Floreat, when they came from 3-0 down to win 5-3. “It was an amazing game for Danny and I to be involved in, and we celebrated as if we’d won the World Cup. It was a great result and we hope to take that into Saturday’s game,” said Coach Mark Windeatt.

The under 18’s continued their unbeaten start to the season and Coach Danny Stevens was happy with the win but thought they should have won by more. “Last week against Floreat, the boys put in a solid performance. We should have been 5 or 6 up and out of sight by half time, but we made it difficult for ourselves by not punishing them and being ruthless in front of goal,” he said.

Get long and support Joondalup as they look to continue their good start to the season. The under 18’s kick off at 11am, the under 20’s at 1pm, while the first team kick off at 3pm.