Inglewood United v ECU Joondalup – Match Preview

Inglewood United v ECU Joondalup – Match Preview

Posted on June 16, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will come up against the form team of the PS4NPLWA, when they visit the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday to take on Inglewood United. (3.00pm)

The Jacks are coming off a 2-2 draw against Stirling Lions, and have only lost once in their last ten games, but it could have been more, after they led 2-0 at half time, but Head Coach Dale McCulloch said their inexperience let them down.

“We were outstanding in the first half and bossed the game, and we could have been three or four up, and the game would have been over, but we weren’t clinical enough in the final third,” he said.

“I told the guys at half time they would come out strong, and they did, and unfortunately we didn’t deal with, which was disappointing.”

The home side are the form team of the league, and are on a ten game unbeaten run, and are on four game winning streak under new coach Andy Keogh, while the Jacks will want to get back to winning way’s, so this one should be a cracker.

The last time the two sides met in the league at the venue was in the final round last season, Inglewood needed a win to take out the title, but ECU spoilt the party, with Andy Higgins scoring direct from a corner in the final minute to give them a 1-0 win

McCulloch said Saturday is a huge challenge, but is confident they can get a positive result. “Every time we play them (Inglewood) it’s a great game, and I’m expecting the same on Saturday,” he said.

“They are on a great run of form under their new coach,  and are dangerous going forward and tight at the back, so it’s a good challenge and one we’re looking forward too.

“We are confident if we play our best football we can beat anyone in the league, and we will have Gordon Smith, Steven McGarry and Jon Higgins back in the squad.

“So with only five points separating us, and we do have a game in hand, if we get a result it will keep in touch of the top five.”

Defender Graham Doran, who joined from the Lions in the transfer window, played against his former club for the first time last week, but he said it wasn’t the result they were looking for.

But with a number of experience players missing, he thought the young lads performed well. “Yes it was a disappointing result last week considering we were 2 nil up at the break, but credit to Stirling they came flying at us in the second half and deserved the draw in the end,” he said.

“We were missing a number of our senior players, with Steven McGarry, Gordon Smith, Jon Higgins, Tommy Amphlett, and Jack Jones all unavailable, but the lads who came in did a fantastic job, and it will give the coaching staff some headaches this weekend.”

Doran, who has been affected by a virus that has gone through the ECU squad, said they will be all good for Saturday’s game, as they look to get back to winning ways. “We’re all looking forward to the game, they (Inglewood) have been doing great lately and have been very consistent and have some top players so we’re looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“We’ve had a bug hit the squad this week, but we had a good session on Thursday and we’re ready for a big one, and all of us have a bit to prove after falling short last week, so hoping to put things right against Inglewood and get the win on the weekend.”