Floreat head to the Campus in Week 18

Floreat head to the Campus in Week 18

Posted on June 24, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup head back home for the first time since round 18, when they host second placed Floreat Athena at the ECU Football Stadium.

It’s been an indifferent run for the Jacks, with a win at Armadale, a draw at Stirling Lions and a narrow loss at league leaders Inglewood United last weekend.

Jacks coach Dale McCulloch said it’s a huge challenge but one they are looking forward too. “It’s nice to return home on Saturday, after three weeks on the road, and we are coming off a tight 1-2 defeat at Inglewood United last week,” he said.

“I thought we deserved something from the game, but it wasn’t to be, and we are looking to bounce back on Saturday against a good Floreat side.

“We’ve had some tight games against them in recent seasons and there has been plenty of goals in those games. It will be a huge challenge but we’re looking for the three points to keep us in touch of the top five.”

The form of Ross Millard has been outstanding and last week he moved forward and was best a field in the game, but he said it was one that got away last week.

“It was a disappointing game last week, both the performance and result. We never really seemed to get going and although we created lots of chances, we were far from our best and we’re looking to put that right this week against Floreat,” he said.

“I’ve pretty much played everywhere this season – whether that’s left back, centre back or on the wing, and I’m happy I’ve been able to string positive performances together and play my part for the team.”

The former West Ham, Stevenage trainee and Perth Glory junior, has fought back from injury this season, but has settled well back at the Campus. “I had a hiccup earlier in the season with my hamstring that set me back a couple of weeks and most recently having my wisdom teeth taken out which made me miss the game against Armadale, but I’ve recovered well from both and have had no reoccurrence of my hamstring injury which is positive,” he explained.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time back at the campus. We’ve got a good set of lads down here that are hungry for success and every training session I’ve been involved in has been very competitive. Obviously we’d like to be higher on the table however I have no doubt we’ll push on from here until the end of the season and achieve what we’ve set out to achieve.”

Millard said Floreat v ECU games are always entertaining games, with plenty of goalmouth action, and he’s expecting the same on Saturday. “Games against Floreat are always tough, they have experience and quality all over the park and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them,” he said.

“The league this year is so close, so there’s no point dwelling on last weekend, one more win and we’re right back in it so we need to work hard at training this week and put on a big performance on Saturday.” In team news Tommy Amphlett and Gordon Smith will both miss again, while Jack Iredale is out, after flying to the UK for trials.