Jacks host Subiaco on Saturday – Will you be there?

Jacks host Subiaco on Saturday – Will you be there?

Posted on April 1, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home on Saturday, when they host Subiaco AFC at the ECU Football Stadium (3.00pm)

The Jacks opened their account last week against Armadale and Coach Dale McCulloch said they really deserved the three points. “Last week was a well-deserved win and it was built on a fantastic defensive performance from the back five, and that is the standard we need to keep for the rest of the season,” he said. “The squad has trained well this week, competition for spots in the side is fierce and that can only help us in the long run.”

McCulloch was also happy the new signings have gelled well. “We’ve brought in some quality players in the off-season and they have started to fit in well, and it was good to see Gordy (Gordon Smith) opened his account in the league on his debut for the club last week,” he explained. “That sort of performance will win you more games than you will lose, but we have to turn up and we didn’t on Monday in the cup.”

The Coach was talking about the 0-1 loss in the FFA Cup to Division One side Dianella White Eagles, and he said he had his say after the game and put the players on notice, and he will be looking for a response against Subiaco on Saturday. “Monday’s performance wasn’t expectable, we’ve dealt with it, and we move on,” he said. “Saturday will be a tough game as they (Subiaco) are looking to open their account in the league, so we need to be at our best. We’ve had two good training sessions this week and the lads have shown me the blip on Monday, was just that, and I’m expecting a positive response on Saturday.”

The under 20’s also take on Subiaco at 1pm, and they will be looking to bounce back from a 3-4 defeat against Armadale last week. “Despite going two goals up, we let them back in the game and defensively we started to drop off players, failed to deny space and all be it shy away from the physical contests,” Coach Howard Tweet said. “Although a relatively young group, they will have to learn to step up and meet these challenges head on, at this level they need to develop the competitive edge whilst under pressure to negate opposition and dominate possession.”

In the early game the Under 18’s take on top of the table Subiaco (11.00am). The side are yet to pick up a point this season, and Coach Paul Welch said they are not getting the rub of the green at the moment but can’t complain about the effort. “Like the weather our performances haven’t been the best to date, with two league defeats and crashing out of the cup on penalties,” he said. “That said we are not a million miles away, and all fixtures have been close, we just need to be more clinical in front of goal and that in turn will breed more confidence.”