ECU Joondalup v Inglewood United – PS4 NPL-WA Preview

ECU Joondalup v Inglewood United – PS4 NPL-WA Preview

Posted on June 13, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home this week in the PS4 National Premier League WA when they entertain Inglewood United at the ECU Football Stadium. (3pm)

It’s been a frustrating time for Coach Dale McCulloch with eight first team players unavailable, but the club have unearthed some of their junior players in that time. Team manager Craig Stephenson believes the youngsters have been a shining light for the club. “Although results have not gone our way in the last few weeks, the boys have been toiling away hard and last week’s game against Cockburn displayed a great deal of character and we were severely disappointed we didn’t take something from the game,” he said.

“The lads’ efforts and energy on the day was exceptional and if we can keep that intensity for the rest of the year the results will start to go our way. On the other hand we have some injuries and unavailable players that have left the squad a little thin. In saying that it has given the club to again progress our highly skilled juniors with three sixteen year olds in last week’s first team squad.”

Stephenson knows Inglewood is improving and believes it will be a good game. “We are looking forward to this week’s visit of Inglewood who have been in some good form of late and will be looking to bring that form here today,” he said.

“The lads are looking forward to challenge Inglewood presents this week. Inglewood is a team that has recruited well over the summer and has starting to put some results on the board. We firmly believe that if we show the same intensity and energy levels of last week we can come away with the result this week and lads have shown in training that they are ready to do this.” ECU welcome back Josh Tucker from injury, but will be without Paul Miller.

Inglewood Coach Michael Garcia said last week’s game showed them they could grind out results. “Last week was a hard fought win and I was pleased with the way our guys saw the game out,” explained Garcia. “We’ve played better than that at times in the previous games and lost, so to take the three points against a hungry Subiaco was very pleasing.”

Garcia is under no illusions Saturday’s opponents ECU, will be desperate for a win, and is expecting another tight game. “Any team on any given day can beat anyone so we will prepare and approach the game with the same mind-set we’re trying to enter into every game with,” he said.

“We know ECU have quality players and are a proud club, so regardless of who’s out and where they’re at on the table, they will be a tough opponent and we will need to be at our best to get anything out of it.” Inglewood has a settled squad, but will be missing the suspended Milan Ogjenovic.