ECU Joondalup v Perth SC – Preview

ECU Joondalup v Perth SC – Preview

Posted on May 12, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup returns home in week 13 of the PS4 National Premier League WA, when they host reigning League Champions Perth SC at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (3.00pm)

It’s the half way mark of the season and the Jacks sit third on the table after a hard fought 2-2 draw against Perth Glory last weekend. Assistant coach/player Steven McGarry, who will miss Saturday’s game due to suspension, said the side showed character to fight back and earn a point against a good Glory side, but had chances to take all three. (Note the result was overturned in midweek due to Perth Glory playing an ineligible player)

“We were disappointed we never took all three points after getting back to 2-2 and having most of the ball and chances in the second half, but Jordan Thurtell made two great saves that kept them in the game at the end,” he said.

“The most pleasing aspect from the coaching staff was the information given at half time was taken on board by the players, with a slight change in shape and that had a really positive effect on the game.

Glory have some very good young players that caused us some problems in the first half, I’m sure they with start to get some more wins on the board and climb up the ladder sooner rather than later.”

McGarry said Saturday’s opponents have had the wood on them in recent seasons, but he said the players are looking forward to the challenge and turning that around on Saturday. “It’s always a tough game against Perth SC, and I’m sure the reigning champions will go into the game as favourites,” he said.

“Ramon has them very well organised and they don’t concede too many goals and they know how to win games so it’s going to be tough. We will go into the game with massive belief and confidence though after our recent run of form.”

In team news Sam Pollard should be available after coming off with a dislocated finger last week, and Jon Higgins returns to the squad, but McGarry and Shane Pickering will both miss, to suspension and injury respectively, and they will still be without Rikki Smith, Danny Milne and Andy Higgins.