Jacks head to the Lions Den in Week 19

Jacks head to the Lions Den in Week 19

Posted on June 30, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup hit the road this weekend when they travel to Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions on Saturday. (3pm)

The Lions sit in eleventh on the table and seven points behind the Jacks and are coming off a 1-2 defeat at home to Sorrento. The Jacks will be looking to bounce back from their 3-5 defeat against Perth Glory last week and defender Ross Millard, who returns to the side after missing last week due to suspension, said it was a disappointing defeat.

“It was disappointing to miss a game through suspension, let alone my old club, and it was frustrating I couldn’t play a part,” he explained.

“There were patches in the game that were really pleasing, we created some chances that we probably should of taken however we ended up scoring three goals where in any other game probably gets you the three points. We know as a group that conceding five as well as the manner in which we conceded them is not acceptable, so we’ll be looking to put that right this week against Stirling.”

The Jacks injuries are clearing up and they have almost a full squad to choose from and Millard said they need to start getting on a run of wins if they are to force them way in to the top four and it starts on Saturday at a ground they haven’t had a good record at and haven’t won their since 2004.

“We haven’t had a settled side for a while now but we still don’t use that as an excuse. We believe we have the quality through the 18’s, 20’s and First Team that can cater for players who are injured and suspended,” he said.

“We’ve had a good training week and have worked on some things that we are going to try and implement against Stirling, as well as having fierce competition for spots which is positive. Hopefully the return of some players back to full fitness can kick-start a positive run to the end of the season.”

Millard said the players are determined to end their barren spell at Macedonia Park and start showing the form they showed earlier in the season. “It might sound like a cliché but this weekend against Stirling is a very important game for us. Like us, they won’t be happy with the way results have gone for them in the last month or so, which makes for a physical and intense game,” the defender said.

“If we have any chance of getting in the top four, a win is a must this weekend and we have the confidence within the club that we can achieve that. Our away form this year has been a lot better than our home form, so hopefully we can grab another three points on the road.”

Lions’ midfielder David Micevski said they had the chances to take something from the game against Sorrento, and were disappointed in the result. “We started poorly for the first 25 minutes and we deservedly found ourselves two goals down,” he explained. “Although we did come back into the game and had the better of the second half, you can’t give teams a two goal lead and expect to get something from the game.”

Micevski said Saturday is huge, especially with it being so tight at the bottom, and he is confident they can get a positive result. “Every game from now is important considering how tight the table is from 7th down and getting three points this week against ECU will be much needed,” he said. “ECU are a strong side and to get anything from the match we have to produce a 90 minute performance all around the park as we’ve shown in patches this season we are capable of.”

Match Details

Stirling Lions v ECU Joondalup

Saturday June 30 – Macedonia Park

Kick off times – Under 18’s – 11.00am, Under 20’s – 1.00pm , First Team – 3.00pm