Jacks hoping to celebrate 25 years with a win

Jacks hoping to celebrate 25 years with a win

Posted on July 21, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will be holding their 25-year anniversary celebrations on Sunday, when they entertain Stirling Lions in their week three PS4 National Premier League catch-up game at the ECU Football Stadium (2.30pm)

It’s a big day at the campus with former players and coaches being invited to celebrate on the day, and Dale McCulloch’s side will be hoping to put on a good performance, something they didn’t last week at Sorrento. The loss at Percy Doyle Reserve almost put an end to their top four hopes, and striker Gordon Smith said they need to be better.

“Everyone was disappointed with the result against Sorrento, we just didn’t get going at all and we can have no complaints about the score line,” he said. “Dale has had stern words since, so we will be looking to bounce back on Saturday.”

Smith returned after missing a month with a knee injury and he said it was to get back playing again. “Yes it was great to be back on the field and the knee is feeling good,” he explained. “It’s been frustrating watching on from the sides, but all you can do is be positive and do the correct things to make sure you’re ready to help the team. Sunday can’t come quick enough for me.”

The Scottish striker said they will be looking for three points on Sunday, and keep their hopes of finals football alive. “Sunday is pretty much a must win – we are under no illusions points will be dropped by other clubs from now to the end of the season, and although the Top four is out of our hands, we must stay on top of our game because you just never know,” he said.

“Being the clubs 25th anniversary we want to make it a special day for everyone who has put their time and effort into this club, and three points will help that.”

McCulloch said he is looking for an improvement from last week. “I’m sure it will be a little bit cooler on Sunday, with the first meeting postponed with the temperatures going over the Football West regulations, but like I said at the time player welfare is paramount and the decision was the right one,” he said.

“We go into the game needed three points to keep our top four hopes alive, after last week’s loss at Sorrento, which was really disappointing – we just didn’t turn up and we will be looking for a response from the players on Sunday.

“Stirling arrive here after a big win at league leaders Inglewood last week, and they have some talented players, and we will need to be at our best to get the points, but I’m confident we can.

“It’s a massive day for the ECU Joondalup Soccer Club, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. It will be great to catch up with former players today, and we hope to put on a good show for them. We owe that to the club, as last week’s performance wasn’t good enough, we have worked hard at training this week and we’re ready for a big game.” In team news Kevin Moon returns to the squad, while Smith will be pushing for a starting role after coming off the bench last week.

Lions’ Irish keeper John Perkins said games against Sunday’s opposition are always tight and if history repeats itself, there will be plenty of goals. “The games against ECU always seem to produce lots of goals, and the last encounter was typical of the saying ‘a game of two halves’,” Perkins explained. “They (ECU) dominated in the first half and were 2-0 up and we dominated second half and ended 2-2.

“I think both teams would have seen a draw as a fair result but both think they should have won also.  We head there in good space, but we know Sunday won’t be any different form previous games against them, with both teams looking for the three points.” In team news youngster Nicholas Ashley will miss the trip due to suspension.