Subiaco head to the Campus this weekend

Subiaco head to the Campus this weekend

Posted on April 7, 2017 in 'News'

After last week’s good 4-0 win at Cockburn City, ECU Joondalup heads home in week 8 of the PS4 National Premier League WA on Saturday at the ECU Football Stadium. (3pm)

Winger Daryl Nicol said last week’s win was good all-round team performance, and made even more impressive with four players making their starting league debuts for the club.

“It was a very important three points and the score line reflects how dominant we were in the game. Although we got beat the previous week our performance level seems to be picking up some consistency as I felt both games we played well,” he said.

“The young lads came in and done brilliantly just as everyone within the camp expected them to. Although the manager’s hand may have been forced to play them at the weekend, the young lads at this club are lucky to have a manager who is willing to give them a chance as has been the case already this season.”

Nicol, who joined the club from Cove Rangers in Scotland last season, said Subiaco have been in good form and they will need to be on their toes from the first whistle. “It’s another huge game and an opportunity to get back-to-back wins for the first time this season,” he said. “It’s important we try and put a run together and pick up some momentum so nothing less than three points against a tough Subiaco team will do.”

Jacks head Coach Dale McCulloch said the win at Cockburn was well-deserved, and the young players that came into the side performed well. “Last week we went into the game at Cockburn with one of the most inexperienced side we’ve played for a number of years, but the application and desire from the players was there from the first whistle,” he said.

“We could have been behind early, but Fraser Greenwood saved their penalty and went on to have a top game between the sticks, and we defended well.

“It was great to see Goggsie get on the score board and I thought his work rate was second to none, while the rest of the players followed his lead, with Daryl Nicol, Jon Higgins, Kevin Moon and Steven McGarry outstanding in the middle of the park.

“Sam Pollard, Logan McIsaac and Ben Johns made their starting league debuts for the club last week, while James Owen and Declan Hughes made an impact off the bench.

“All these players along with a number of players from the under 20’s have shown me they can play at this level, and will give me a few selection headaches on Saturday.”

McCulloch is expecting Subiaco to come with a great deal of confidence, after their recent good results. “Ian McMurray has them playing some good football and they won back-to-back games, so we know we have to ready for the challenge,” he said.

“We’ve trained well this week, and go into the game looking for the three points, if we don’t last week’s win would have been for nothing.”

In team news Ross Millard, Jack Jones and Tommy Amphlett are still in doubt, while Rikki Smith and Danny Milne are missing again.