It’s Derby Day

It’s Derby Day

Posted on July 28, 2018 in 'News'

The Jacks return home this week when we host Joondalup United in the ‘Joondalup Derby’ at the ECU Football Stadium. (3pm)

The last time we met United at the campus new signing Jack Iredale, who was making his debut headed home the equaliser to give us a 2-2 draw. Joondalup United’s skipper Arran Maplestone bagged a brace while skipper Gordon Smith scored the other for the Jacks.

They go into the game with the suspended pair Gordon Smith and Adam Tong, Smith was sent off in bizarre circumstances at Armadale last, and Tong picked up his seventh yellow card.

Jacks assistant coach Steven McGarry said there were some strange decisions on the day, but the group showed great character to fight back with ten men to get a point.

“It was a fantastic effort last week from the boys, with crazy penalty decisions going against us a dubious red card and absolute stone wall penalty not awarded, we were really up against it, “he explained.

“But massive credit to everyone who contributed, the football we played in those conditions and fight we shown with 10 men was something the management team was really proud of.”

McGarry, who has played in many Derby games back in Scotland, said these games are hard fought and Saturday will be exception, and with Joondalup United already relegated he said they will be looking to put a spanner in the works on the Jacks top four push.

“It’s been a tough year for Joondalup United and I’m sure the will look to this game to get some pride back for the club,” he said.

“They gave us some real problems in the first 20 minutes last time round, but we weathered the storm after a short break for lightening and we ran out comfortable winners in the end, but it could have been a different game had they capitalized on their early pressure.

“We will focus on us though this weekend, we have been in excellent form of late and the playing group have shown a real hunger and quality in training this week as we will continue to hunt for that top four spot.”

Head Coach Dale McCulloch will be looking for a repeat of our last home game when we ran out comprehensive winners against Inglewood.

“I thought we played well to run out 3-0 winners and keep our top four hopes alive,” he said.

“The three points and another clean sheet was just what we needed and showed we can match it with the best.”

McCulloch said Joondalup won’t come to the Campus and put up the white flag and he’s expecting another typical derby.

“Saturday, we take on our local rivals, who were unfortunately relegated after last week’s loss at Balcatta but knowing coach Nick Jennings he will have his players pumped for the Derby,” he said.

 

“It’s local pride on the line and we need to be on our toes from the first whistle as we look to beat them here for the first time.”