Balcatta v ECU Joondalup – PS4 NPLWA Preview

Balcatta v ECU Joondalup – PS4 NPLWA Preview

Posted on July 11, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are on the road this weekend when they travel to Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta in Week 14 of the PS4 National Premier League WA on Saturday (3pm)

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch will be watching from the stands this week after receiving a one game touchline ban, but he said he will not change his ways. “I’m a passionate person, and these things happen in football,” he said. “I will back my players 100% on the pitch and I thought the referee got it wrong and told him so, but the referees don’t seem to listen these days, which is a shame as it ruins the game.”

The club has been on a poor run of form in recent weeks, but injuries and players being unavailable have hit the club really hard, but the unearthing of some of the talented younger players at the club has been fantastic. “Every club has injuries, but we’ve been hit hard, with long term injuries to some of our experienced players, and that is hard to cover,” McCulloch said.

“But the young lads who have come in have been outstanding, and they never let me or the club down. This bodes well for the club in the future, but we need to start getting results as soon as possible, as the bottom of the table is really tight.”

ECU was left stunned when they conceded late at Champions Bayswater to lose 2-1 last week, a week after Perth scored late to do the same, while Balcatta lost on the road at Subiaco. Jon Higgins returned to action last week and is vital for McCulloch’s side, while Joe Smith and Paul Miller need to boss the midfield.

Balcatta will look to Kieron Stallard and skipper James Sammut to bounce back from last week’s defeat, while Gustavo Catercione will be looking to add to his six goals this season.

In the first meeting this season, a goal four minutes from time from Tommy Amphlett gave ECU a 2-2 draw at the ECU Football Stadium. Amphlett had opened the scoring early, before Alex Caniglia levelled and Shazlee Ramlee looked like he had won it for Balcatta, before Amphlett had the final say.

In team news Phil O’Callaghan is available for selection, but keeper James Serra has been suspended for two games, and Andy Banks will come out of retirement to replace him.

Get along and support the ECU sides on Saturday – Under 18’s kick off at 11am, with the under 20’s at 1pm, and the senior side at 3pm.