ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory – NPL-WA Preview

ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory – NPL-WA Preview

Posted on May 1, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are back in league action this weekend after a two week break, when they entertain Perth Glory in Week 5 of the PS4 NPL-WA at the ECU Sports Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

Dale McCulloch kick started their season in the last game, with a 2-1 win in the local derby against Sorrento, with Danny Dixon and Jon Stynes on target, and the coach believes the break has come at the right time for his chargers. “We have trained really well this week and the spirit in the camp is high and we are looking forward to the game on Saturday,” he said. “The two week break has been good for us the whole squad has been able to prepare well, with a number having time to get over a few knocks, and we are looking to continue on from the Sorrento game.”

McCulloch will have to make a change to the line-up on Saturday after Dixon signed for Bayswater City last week, but he’s confident they can replace him, and he also gets back skipper Jon Higgins for the game. “The loss of Danny is a bitter blow for the club, but we will not stand in his way if he wants to leave,” he said. “He has had a great start to the season, and we thought he was happy at the club but these things happen in football and we both move on. It will give someone else the opportunity to play and hold down a spot for the season.”

Saturday’s game will be a big test, with the Glory youngsters playing good football under the tutelage of John Gibson and Jacob Burns and McCulloch said his side will need to at their best to take the points. “They have some good young talented players, a couple of ours too, “he explained. “They earned a good point at Floreat last week and will be on a high, so we will have to be on our toes, but we are ready.”

Former ECU striker Joe Knowles has fitted in well at the Glory, and he is second on the NPL top goal scorers list. He is looking forward to the trip, although he will have to pass a late fitness test with a foot injury.  “We picked up a great point last week against a side who hasn’t lost a single point this year so it shows we can match these top teams which is good from such a young squad,” Knowles said.

“The whole squad work for each other which is great, and it showed in the Foxtel National Youth League, when our backs were against the wall we fought it out, which shows the confidence Gibbo and Jacob Burns has installed in us, and shows what we can do our day and I believe we will give ECU a good game this week.”

In team news for the Glory, Knowles Sean Troup and former ECU duo Henry Durr and Dejan Spaseski will need to shake off injuries to take their place in the squad.