It’s Derby day as Jacks travel to Sorrento

It’s Derby day as Jacks travel to Sorrento

Posted on July 14, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup makes the short trip to Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday to take on Sorrento in the Northern Derby in week 21 of the PS4 NPLWA.

The Jacks got back in the winners’ circle last week with a win against Cockburn, moving them closer to the top four, while the Gulls had their feathers ruffled last week, going down 5-0 at Perth SC, and will want to get some confidence back for their up-coming FFA Cup tie against Canberra Olympic in a couple of week.

Jacks defender Jack Jones returned from a knee injury last week and said it was well-deserved win. “It was great to get the three points on the weekend and the way we did it was even better, and the top four is defiantly still in reach, we just need to keep playing to our strengths and take every game as it comes,” he said.

“With all the boys fighting for spots at the minute no one wants to lose their place in the team, and I think that could be a big positive for us heading in to the last seven games of the season.”

ECU have given a number of their young player’s debuts this season and the 20-year-old defender said it bodes well for the future. “Being a young player at most clubs you’re always hoping for a chance to progress within the ranks, at ECU all the younger players get that chance week in week out. Dale and the coaching staff have created this environment which is great for the younger players to know they have the backing of the Gaffa,” he explained.

“You look at the likes of Fraser Garnaut, Declan Hughes and James Owen just to name a few, when they got their opportunity they all performed great. Sam Pollard has become a big attacking option for us this season and that’s all come from him being given a chance.”

Jones said Saturday’s clash against their near neighbours is huge, and he said the last time they played them earlier in the season, they dominated for most of the game but were beaten, so he said they will be looking to turn their possession into goals this time around. “After playing Sorrento earlier in the season and losing in a game where I thought we was the better side, we will want to leave there place with all three points and nothing less,” he said.

“The fact that it’s a local derby makes it even bigger they will know how big this game is in terms of the league position too. It’s should be an entertaining game and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”

In team news Sorrento striker Sean Canham is suspended and Scott Bulloch is away, while Rikki Smith and Gordon Smith will come into contention for a spot in the squad.