ECU face tough test against Perth SC in QBE Night Series

ECU face tough test against Perth SC in QBE Night Series

Posted on February 4, 2016 in 'News'

After last week’s big win against Balcatta, ECU Joondalup come up against Perth SC at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday (6.30pm)

The Dorrien Gardens club have won the Night series on 19 occasions and Coach Dale McCulloch said they have been the benchmark for a number of years.  “Perth have been the benchmark in this league, since I’ve been playing senior football here and they are a team I always looked up too,” he said.

“They have a lot of good people at the club, Gary Marocchi is a close friend, and they always are tough to beat, but it’s a challenge were looking forward too.

“It will real show were we are sitting at the moment. We watched them on Friday night and they have a great deal of experienced and some good younger players, very similar to how we’re set-up this year

McCulloch said last week’s performance, although good, they still have things to work on. “As a coaching group we’re really pleased the way the lads performed last week, but we still have a lot to work on, but the signs are positive,” he said.

“We were particularly pleased with the game plan and the fitness levels of the lads and they are both going to improve which is pleasing.”

New Scottish import Gordon Smith scoring and impressing on his debut. The former Hearts striker said they hope to kick on against a good Perth side. “We played well last week, especially in the first half, and yes I’m delighted with the goal but the win is more important,” he said.

“The lads have told me Perth is one of the top sides, but if we play like we did Sunday and how we’ve been training, I believe we can get another win.”

Perth edged out Armadale in week one, with Reece Vittiglia on target, and with Adrian Madaschi, Dean Evans and Clark Keltie in their side it will be a great encounter to open the second round.