Jacks looking for more Glory on Saturday

Jacks looking for more Glory on Saturday

Posted on August 18, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup play their final home game of the PS4 National Premier League WA on Saturday when they host Perth Glory at the ECU Football Stadium.

The Jacks have won three games on the bounce, with wins against Balcatta, Mandurah City and Subiaco, and they are running into some good form, just a pity it’s come too late for the end of season finals, but injuries have hit the club hard and a good end to the season can be the catalysts to a good 2018.

McCulloch was pleased with the workman like performance against Subiaco, and said they deserved it. “It was a hard fought game and fair play to them they made it hard for us but we took our chances and got the three points,” he said. “It’s good to see Gordon on the score sheet again, he’s been really hard himself for not scoring, but his work off the ball has been outstanding and he’s been our leader since Higgy went down injured, and his contribution in all three of our last three games has been terrific.”

McCulloch knows the Glory will be fighting for their lives, with them in relegation trouble, but with it being Kevin Moon’s final home game he is hoping to send him out a winner. “Mooners has been outstanding for us, and we will be looking to win this one for him, he’s a good kid,” he said. “We know the Glory arrive here desperate for the points in their relegation fight. They are a talented side and have quality players, and if the game at their place is anything to go by it should be a cracker,”

Jacks youngster Declan Hughes is one of the youngsters McCulloch has brought into the side and they haven’t let the coach or the club down. The youngster returned to the club from Bayswater this season and has cemented a spot in the middle of the park, and he’s going from strength to strength, and he’s stepped up from the under 20’s well. “Obviously the first team games are a lot quicker compared to 20’s games and a lot more physical,” he explained. “But playing alongside experienced players makes my job a lot easier, and having the likes of Steven McGarry and Kevin Moon around me gives me great confidence and I’m really enjoying my football at the moment.”

ECU came home from Mandurah with the points, and won in mid-week against Subiaco, making it three wins on the trot, and Hughes said it was a good win at Mandurah in difficult conditions. “It was a good win for us, and the conditions were very tough, the first half was a battle up until Daryl (Nicol) scored,” he said. “The last 20-30 minutes the game opened right up and we secured the 2-0 win to keep our good run going.”

Hughes knows the Glory will be up for Saturday’s game with relegation on the card, but he said they would only be concentrating on their performance and if they get that right the result will take care of itself. “We aren’t concerned about other teams, we only worry about our game,” he said. “We are going to go out and play our normal game, and if we get that right we will get the three points.”

Former ECU Joondalup midfielder Ollie Annis has returned from injury this season for the Glory he started in last week in the loss against Subiaco, and he said the players deserved more from the game. “Last week’s result was very disappointing, and we conceded two soft goals, that came from our mistakes,” he said. “We also created a lot of chances, but just didn’t put them away, and if you don’t take your chances and give them goals you’re going to struggle.”

Annis tore his tendon in his hamstring twice, and he said it’s been a long road back to recovery. “It’s been frustrating for me, but the medical staff here have been great, and I’m looking to help the club move up the table in the last two games,” he explained. “It’s all good now, but it has been tough not playing, but I’m working hard at training and hoping to give Gibbo options for the last two games of the season.”

The midfielder said the players are ready for the challenge against his former club, and they know the importance of the game. “This week’s game is massive, we are in need of the points, as we fight for our lives,” he said. “They (ECU) will be tough team to beat, but if we stick to the game plan, and not give any soft goals away, then I believe we can walk away with something from the game.”