Stirling Lions v ECU Joondalup – PS4 NPLWA Preview

Stirling Lions v ECU Joondalup – PS4 NPLWA Preview

Posted on May 22, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are on the road in week 8 of the PS4 National Premier League, when they visit Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions (3pm)

The two sides met early in the season in the FFA Cup, with the Lions winning 2-0 on that occasion, but Coach Dale McCulloch will be looking to reverse that on Saturday. “The game in the cup was a tight contest, and at the end of the day they took their chances and we never, it sort off sums up our season,” he said. “They have a talented squad, but like I’ve said before, we can match it was the best on our day, but we need a ninety minute performance from the whole side to do that.”

Jon Higgins is in doubt for the clash but McCulloch said others will have to lift and fill the void. “It looks like our skipper will miss the game which is unfortunate, but it gives someone else the opportunity to impress,” he said. “We are probably lacking a little confidence at the moment and it showed last week when we took the lead against Armadale we sat back and let them back into the game. We have worked hard at training this week and will be looking for the three points.”

Lions defender Steve Purton said he expecting a tough game against a strong ECU side, and hoping to carry on their form, and a last gasp win at Subiaco last week. “The performance at Subiaco was great for us, especially conceding a late goal in terrible conditions, and we still had the determination to go on and win the game,” he said. “It was a statement we sent out, yes we are a good footballing side, but we can also grind out a result.”

ECU hasn’t won in two games, but Purton said they have plenty of quality in their side. “They are a well organised team that is capable of beating anyone on their day,” he said. “We will approach the game as we have been in recent weeks and we defiantly won’t be taking them for granted.” The Lions will be missing Brodie Martin who is on his honeymoon, and they will also be without Lawrence Shuruma who is overseas.