Perth Glory v ECU Joondalup – PS4NPLWA Preview

Perth Glory v ECU Joondalup – PS4NPLWA Preview

Posted on May 6, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup hit the road this weekend when they travel to Ashfield Reserve on Saturday afternoon to take on Perth Glory (3pm)

It’s been a hectic two weeks for the Jacks, and this will be the fourth game in two weeks, and Coach Dale McCulloch said his players’ responded well last week to beat a good Mandurah City side.

“We had a long week with the FFA Cup game on Tuesday and it was our third game in seven days, but the lads were great and battled for every ball and won in the end convincingly,” he said.

“We lost Daryl early with a nasty injury, and we lost our shape for a while but the second half performance was outstanding, and they (Mandurah) have some talented players and pushed us, but our leaders stood up and the rest of the lads followed.

“The win keeps our unbeaten run going, and moved us up to third on the table, but it’s a log jam at the top of the table, so there can’t be any slip ups if we are to keep in touch with the league leaders.”

McCulloch knows the talent the Glory have in their squad but is looking forward to the challenge. “Every game in this league is a challenge, but we are well aware of the young talent in the Glory side, and it’s another challenge for us and one we’re looking forward to,” he said.

“They have played some really good football this season, and to be fair have been unlucky in some of their game, so we know we have to go there and play our game, and if we do I’m confident we can come home with the points.”

Glory midfielder Sam Pollard played for the Glory under 20’s last season, and he has been outstanding since forcing his way into the starting line-up. He bagged his second goal of the season last week against Mandurah, and he said it was a hard fought win.

“It’s always hard playing against big physical sides like Mandurah they always manage to make it a hard game but we managed to dig deep and dominated the second half and get three important points which boosted us up the table,” he said.

“For me having Steven McGarry and Kevin Moon, who are both experienced and quality play alongside me has improved me so much this season, as they always keep my confidence high as well as me learning a lot from them every week.”

Pollard said they will have to be at their best to get the right result on Saturday and keep their unbeaten run in the league going. “They (Glory) have had a great season getting some good wins against good teams, so it will be another test for us,” he said.

“But we will be working hard on the training ground this week to make sure we are up and ready for it.”

In other games on Saturday, Dean Pickering’s under 18’s will be looking for their third straight win they meet the Glory at 11am, while Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s will be looking for their third consecutive win also when they meet the Glory, both sides are coming off big wins against Balcatta and Mandurah respectively.

Under 18’s kick off at 11am, Under 20’s at 1pm, while the First Team are in action at 3pm – Get along and support the boys!!