ECU Joondalup look for Glory in Round Eight

ECU Joondalup look for Glory in Round Eight

Posted on May 6, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup hits the road this weekend with a trip to Ashfield Sports Club to take on Perth Glory (3.00pm)

It will see Steven McGarry come up against his former club, and the midfielder said they need to bounce back from last week’s poor result against Balcatta. “We were all disappointed with the performance last week, and especially the manner in which we conceded so many goals,” he said.

“After the break we lost our shape we were very disjointed at times and were second best in most areas, which is something we pride ourselves on and something we have working very hard on, so we must improve. But saying that Balcatta played well and were very dangerous going forward and deserved their win, but we move on and look to improve in all facets of our game.”

McGarry, who has natured a number of the Glory youngsters as a coach of the Youth program in recent season’s said they have some very talented players and they will give Joondalup a stern test. “They have a number of good players who are fit and are a team who’s going to be well organised, and by all accounts they have played very well but just haven’t got the results, but if we can play football the way we can and get back some hunger and desire I’m confident we will come home with the points,” he said.

“I’ve had a little bit to do with some of the lads there and it’s great to see them (Glory) be so competitive in the competition this season. We have been playing some excellent football in spells but need a strong 90 minute performance, which we’ve not achieved this season to date.

“But I’m confident we have the quality in our squad to match it with any team in the league, but we need to start to believe in ourselves, and play as a team more consistently for longer periods of the game.”

In team news for Saturday’s game Andy Higgins and Shane Pickering return to the squad, but Tommy Amphlett will again miss, his ankle hasn’t recovered.

Glory Coach John Gibson told the Glory website he is looking forward to the game and catching up with McGarry. “Stevie is a fantastic person and we look forward to catching-up with him this weekend. He’s a winner and a super competitor – it will be fun,” he said.

“Overall a third of the season is now complete – we are progressing nicely and our performances have been super consistent, but we want more from ourselves individually and collectively. “It’s about us being better, and every week poses many different challenges.”