Jacks host Armadale in first home game of the season

Jacks host Armadale in first home game of the season

Posted on February 24, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup opened their 2017 PS4NPLWA campaign with a 2-2 draw against Joondalup United last week, and this weekend they host Armadale in the first home game of the season at the ECU Football Stadium.

With the extreme hot weather on Saturday the club, in consultation with Football West, have changed the game to Sunday with a 4.00pm kick – the under 18’s will begin at 12 noon, and the 20’s at 2.00pm.

Jacks Head coach Dale McCulloch said it’s been a good week on the track as they look to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result. “It was a game we should have but to bed early in the game, and we have to learn from that,” he said. “We have set high standards at the club and we dipped below them slightly last week, but we came home with a point to get us on the board and we move on to Armadale this weekend.”

Armadale finished third in the recent QBE Night Series, but arrive on Sunday after a 1-2 defeat at home to Perth Glory in the opening round, and McCulloch said they a good side and his players need to be switched on early. “We watched them in the Night Series play off against Sorrento and they scored two early goals, and they scored early against the Glory last week, so we need to on our toes from the first whistle,” he explained. “We’ve really worked hard at training this week in preparation for Sunday’s game, and we will be looking for the three points to kick start our season.”

The last time we took on Armadale at the ECU Football Stadium we ran out 2-0 winners. Tommy Amphlett gave the Jacks the lead in the first half, before Gordon Smith opened his account for the club, after joining from Scottish side Dumbarton, to make it 2-0, and he will be looking for a repeat on Sunday to keep them in touch of the leaders. “Of course it would be nice to get on the score sheet, but first and foremost a win is of course the focus,” he said. “It’s still early in the season and once our front five start clicking we will see more chances and goals.”

Smith, who has fully recovered from his knee injury said last week was two points lost, but he hopes they can make emends on Sunday. “Yes it was disappointing to be two minutes away from three points, although credit to Joondalup for making it hard for us and they probably deserved a point,” he said. “We will be looking to bounce back this weekend with three points and start our home campaign well. We know we’ll be in for another very tough game, as Armadale are a good side who we saw a bit of in the night series and they impressed me. We will need to be at our best.”

In team news club skipper Jon Higgins is close to a recall after recovering from injury, while Kevin Moon, Danny Milne and Andy Higgins will be given to the morning of the match to see if they have recovered from their injuries.