Lions will be a tough test say’s McCulloch

Lions will be a tough test say’s McCulloch

Posted on February 20, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup travel to the undefeated Stirling Lions on Sunday in Week 4 of the QBE Night Series. It will be understrength Jacks side that travel to Macedonia Park, with eight first team squad players injured, suspended or unavailable.

With Josh Tucker, Joseph Jones, Corie McGuigan, Cian Hirrell out injured, Jay Marsden, Ryan Lowry and Steven McGarry out suspended, and Jack Oldham working, Coach Dale McCulloch said it will be a good test of the depth of their squad. “They (Stirling) have started the Night Series well and it will be a tough game for us on Sunday, but we have a few new fresh faces coming in to the side on and it’s there time to impress the coaching staff and time to grab their spot,” he said. “Yes we have a weakened squad going into the game but the youngsters coming in have impressed us last season and it’s their time to shine.”

McCulloch said the 4-1 defeat against Armadale is in the past and they have moved on quickly at training this week, but he said after watching the replay of the game error’s cost them dearly. “We stripped things back at training this week and the lads put in a good hard sessions and that’s all we’re asking for after the Armadale game,” he said. “Credit to Pricey (Paul Price) and Armadale they were the better side on the night and deserved their win, but we made to many errors to win any football match, and we have to start working harder, because if your intensity and effort is high you got the rewards. We have a good squad but we need to work as a team, you attack as a team and defend as one too.”

The service to new Scottish striker Gordon Smith was none existence against Armadale, and McCulloch said he is a match winner, if you give him the right service. “Gordy worked his socks off last week, but he has been isolated up front for the last two games and we have get service to him, as we know what a good striker he is,” he said. “We have some good wide players to support him the likes of Josh Booysen and Tommy Amphlett, who is getting back to fitness after injury. We saw in the first Night Series game you give him the supply he will find you a goal and we’ve been working hard in training to sort that out.” In some good team news for the club Tommy Amphlett has returned to training and will play some part of the game on Sunday.

ECU Joondalup Squad for the Stirling Lions game

GK Dave Keenan, GK Danny Hepworth, 2 Keylon Pollard, 3 Jack Cairns,  4 Scott Wallis, 5 Kye Douglas, 6 Shane Pickering, 7 Jay Marsden, 8 Lucas De Lima, 9 Gordon Smith, 10 Josh Booysen, 11 Bayley Brown-Montgomery 15 Oliver Annis, 17 Paul Miller, 18 Jake Benson-Cooper, 19 Tommy Amphlett, 20 Stefan Vranesevic