ECU ready to step up against Perth

ECU ready to step up against Perth

Posted on February 19, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup striker Stuart Montgomery will be looking to end Perth Soccer Club’s perfect start to the NPL Night Series, when the two meet on Sunday in Week three at Dorrien Gardens.

Perth has won both games to date; scoring nine goals, but Montgomery said they will hope to build on last week’s win against Sorrento.

“Last week was a tough game, as it always is against Sorrento, but it was good to get a win and especially after we started rather sluggishly, but as the game wore on I thought we started to play the way Dale wants us to, and after a few words at half time we responded, and got the result,” Montgomery said.

He knows the good players Perth have in their squad, but believes they can match it with most teams in the league if they get the game plan right. “This week’s game is going to be a good test for us to see where we are at,” he said. “They are a quality side and have managed to strengthen their squad from last year, and have done well in the pre-season. They have match winners all over the park and we know we can’t start like we did last week and have to be switched on from the start. But in saying that I’m confident that if we can carry on from last week and carry out Dale’s instructions, then we have enough quality to keep Perth on their toes.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch will again be without the services of a number of first team players for the game, but is happy with the improvement of his young side in the tournament. “We have given a number of younger players the opportunity in the competition and David (Annall) and I have been delighted with the attitude and performances,” he said. “It’s a huge step up to play First team football, but we are seeing the fruits of the clubs talented academy coming through.”

On the Perth clash, McCulloch said it’s just another game, and it will be another step up for the squad as they ready themselves for the NPL-WA starter in April. “We have brought in some new players this season and they have settled in really well to the direction we want to go, and Sunday will be a good challenge for them,” he said.  “We have just got Tommy Amphlett back after his travels, and will get Jon Higgins back after his honeymoon, while Jon Stynes and Joe Smith are still recovering from niggling injuries. “We all know about Perth, they were the big improvers last season, and have recruited well this season, but we go into the game confident we can get a result.”