It’s Derby Day on Saturday

It’s Derby Day on Saturday

Posted on March 24, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home this weekend when they entertain local rivals Sorrento in the ‘Northern Derby’ at the ECU Football Stadium in Week six of the PS4NPLWA on Saturday afternoon. (3pm)

The Jacks will be looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss at Floreat Athena, when a late goal from former Jacks winger Jon Stynes won it for the home side. (Photo – Jacks defender Rikki Smith is inline for a recall after injury) Jacks assistant Coach David Tough said it wasn’t the best game of football, but he thought they deserved something from it. “It was one of those games which looked like it was going to be a scoreless draw, which I thought over the 90 minutes I think would have been a fair result,” he said.

“We had good spells in the game and missed a few good chances, which was disappointing and unfortunately in another moment we switched off for a second and we’re punished. We need to learn from this, but we’re in this together and we’re all working hard to correct it.”

Tough said Saturday’s opponents are flying at the moment, but they have worked extremely hard on the track this week and we’re confident we can get the right result. “I think the Sorrento game is perfect for us to bounce back with and kick start our season,” he said.

“We all know we haven’t performed well so far but we’re confident in the players we have in the squad. We’ve been working extremely hard in training and I’m sure we’ll find our form soon.  I watched Sorrento on Saturday and before they had a player sent off, they we’re in full control against Bayswater. As normal they are a very strong and experienced side but this season they are scoring goals for fun from all over the park. We know this is going to be a testing game but we’ll be well prepared and ready for a big one, and it Derby Day and the players are ready for a huge game.”

In team news Rikki Smith has had two full games in the under 20’s and is close to recall, while Kevin Moon is also back to full fitness, while youngster Keylun Pollard, Logan McIsaac, Fraser Garnaut, James Owen and Sam Pollard all impressed in the under 20’s last week and are pushing for a spot in the squad. Sorrento will be without the suspended Ryan Pearson.