Inglewood stands in the way of The Jacks Finals hope.

Inglewood stands in the way of The Jacks Finals hope.

Posted on August 26, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup heads into the final game of the PS4 National Premier League WA season against Inglewood United, knowing a win will see them reach the West Australian Top Four Cup.

The top of the table is a log-jam with six teams still in the running for the Top Four and the Jacks, who are sitting in third on the table, still need a result on Saturday to reach them.  The Jacks moved third with a come-from-behind win last week against Cockburn, with striker Gordon Smith scoring a brace, taking his tally for the season to 19, and he said they were made to work for the win.

“Obviously it was good to get the three points, although in the first half Cockburn were better than us and we were lucky to come into the break on level terms,” he said. “But credit to the boys for coming out in the second half and picking up our game, which was needed, and we run out comfortable winners.”

Joondalup are on an 11 game unbeaten run, but Smith knows a loss on Saturday will undo all their hard work. “Inglewood are a strong side, and will be tough to beat, but we are on a great run at the moment and don’t fear anyone in the league,” he explained.

“We know how big an achievement it would be to gain a top four spot, but as a squad we know we haven’t achieved anything yet, and Saturday will be a huge test, but it should be a great game.”

Jacks senior Coach Dale McCulloch said Saturday is their fifth Cup final in their last five games, and he said they will be hoping to continue on their good form. “They need a win to win the league, and we need a win to get in the top four, it’s set up brilliantly, but we’ll be going there to spoil their party,” he said.

“The players have been fantastic on this run, and we’ve trained really well this week, and will be looking to take the club into the end of season’s finals for the first time since 2010. The table doesn’t lie at this time of the season, and Inglewood have been the best team this season, so we need to bring our A game to get the points but we’re looking forward to the challenge.” – Kick off 3.00pm