Jacks take on League Leaders Perth SC in Week 4 of PS4 NPLWA

Jacks take on League Leaders Perth SC in Week 4 of PS4 NPLWA

Posted on April 8, 2016 in 'News'

Top of the table Perth SC heads north to take on Jacks at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday. (3.00pm)

Fresh off a big win against Subiaco AFC last week, ECU will confident and Coach Dale McCulloch said they are relishing taking on the league leaders. “we are coming off two sloid league wins to kick start our season, and I thought we played some good attacking football and deservedly won both games,” he said.

“Last week we could have scored double figures, that’s how dominate we were and the ball movement and finishing was a pleasure to watch. But it’s still early day’s we must stay focused on our game, and we still have room for improvement.”

McCulloch knows Saturday opponents will give them a sterner test but he said his players are up for the game. “Saturday’s opponents come into the game unbeaten in the league, and have a coach (Gareth Naven) who I’ve got a lot of respect for,” he explained. “I’m sure he will have his side ready for a tough game this weekend, likewise we will be ready to continue our good form. Training has been sharp this week and the lads are looking forward to taking on the league leaders.”

The ECU back line has improved from the Night Series, where they conceded 16 goals in their five game. Keeper Dave Keenan has played a huge role in their improvement and he said they are looking to take last week’s good form into Saturday’s big clash. “I thought it was a great all round team performance from the lads, the coach told us he wanted to see a reaction after our FFA cup exit and we really bounced back well,” he explained. “The back four has been a lot more solid in recent weeks and Andy Higgins has brought balance to the team having a natural left footer at left back.”

Keenan, who joined the club from Mandurah City this season, said Saturday’s game will show how far they have come, after an indifferent night series. “We’re all looking forward to the challenge of Perth SC who has started the season well,” he said. “It will be nice to take the three points, especially after the defeat to them in the night series, and all the lads will be up for it and hoping to make it three wins on the bounce.”

Perth custodian Francis Soale has only let one goal in this season, but he said the team is keeping its feet firmly on the ground. “I think it’s important to try and not getting too ahead of ourselves yet, it’s only three games but the signs so far have been positive,” he explained. “We’re just trying to build each week and keeping work hard which we have been, I think there’ll a lot of upside to this group as the year goes on.”

Soale said Joondalup have signed a few new players in the off-season and is expecting a tough encounter. “They’re never easy to play up there and like a lot of the teams they’ve strengthened well over the off season with more to play for, including one of our former guys Harley Orr which’ll be funny to come up against him,” he said. “I think the night series win we had over them is irrelevant we just need to keep working as hard as we have been, and I believe we should hopefully be able to get result but we’re taking nothing for granted.” Tom King is available for Perth, but Reece Vittiglia and Andreas Theodosiades look likely to miss again.