Jacks head to Floreat Athena under-lights

Jacks head to Floreat Athena under-lights

Posted on March 17, 2017 in 'News'

After last week’s come-from-behind win against Inglewood United, ECU Joondalup hit the road this weekend when they take on Floreat Athena at the E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday evening (7pm)

Daryl Nicol’s brace earned the points for the Jacks, and Dale McCulloch said he’s a player he wouldn’t like to mark. “Daryl is a great lad and he has pace to burn and has good eye for goal, and I wouldn’t want to mark him, I couldn’t catch him to kick him either,” he joked.

“Last week he got us out of trouble with two well taken goals, but his link up play with Gordon (Smith) was outstanding, and something we’ve been working on in the pre-season.

“I also thought the young lads at the back, and that includes our keeper Fraser all stood up in the second half and that was also pleasing.

“Like I said after the game last weekend, I nag at them at times, but I’m just trying to make them better players, and the second half last weekend showed they are listening and all put in a good 45 minutes.

“So I’ll be looking for a 90 plus minute performance from them on Saturday against a good Floreat side.”

The Jacks knocked Floreat out of the Top Four Finals last year in an extra time classic, and McCulloch said they need to be on their toes from the first whistle after conceding early goals in the opening three games.

“I don’t know why we’ve conceded so many early goals, but we need to rectify this as soon as possible,” he said.

“We do have a new look back four, with only Cian Hirrell from last season, but we need the lads to do their jobs and cut out silly errors that has cost us early in the season.

“We’ve had some good games against Floreat, and the Elimination Final last season was a fantastic game.

“It didn’t start that well – 2-0 down at half time, but once again we fought back and won it in extra-time.

“Glen has a great squad and quality players, but we will be going their looking for the three points, and if we play as I know we can I’m confident we can come home with them.”

In team news Tommy Amphlett returns to the squad after missing last week due to suspension, Kevin Moon is getting close to fitness after missing the last two games, while Gordon Smith will have a late fitness test on his injury.