Jacks host Inglewood in Week 20

Jacks host Inglewood in Week 20

Posted on July 7, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home on Saturday afternoon when we host the in-form Inglewood United at the ECU Football Stadium (3.00pm)

The Jacks are coming off a 3-0 win against Stirling Lions last week, while Inglewood edged out Sorrento 2-1, and with only eight points separating the two sides a win is vital for the Jacks to put pressure on the teams above them.

Jacks Coach Dale McCulloch said it was a good win, but he thought they could have added more goals. “We hadn’t won at Macedonia Park since 2004, so I’ve been told, so it was a good win,” he said. “Obviously the sending offs didn’t help them but I thought we controlled the game and if I’m being a little bit critical we should have scored seven or eight on the day.

“It was also good to get 90 minutes into Tongy (Adam Tong) and 70 minutes for Tommy (Amphlett), and to get a clean sheet is always good.”

McCulloch said Saturday’s opponents Inglewood have a good side and are on a good run of from. “They (Inglewood) are a talented side, but we need to start getting on a run of good results if we are to get in the top four,” he said. “So, Saturday is an important game, as they are a team above us in the league, and we would like to put on good performance for our home supporters.”

Tong spent two seasons at Inglewood before joining the Jacks this season was happy to get back on the park last week and said ‘The Old Legs’ pulled up ok. “Last week against Stirling we got a bit of luck in the game with the sending’s off but we still had to battle for the points and we should have had more goals,” he said. “It was a good chance to get 90 minutes back in the old legs and a clean sheet was a bonus.”

It’s been a stuttering campaign for Jacks so far, but Tong said they are now getting their full squad back and they will be doing all they can to get in the end of season finals. “It’s starting to look positive again we had injuries that hampered us but so do other teams and I thought we had enough quality to get the results we needed which didn’t happen,” he explained.

“Now the buzz is back at ECU with the lads fighting for their positions which (Steve McGarry) is sweating over. We will now be taking it one game at a time and hopefully results go out way and we can push towards the top four and it doesn’t start with a better game than Inglewood who currently sit in fourth.”

Tong said three points are vital on Saturday, but he is expecting a tough game against a side who are unbeaten in their last seven games. “They (Inglewood) have been in great form they had their blip at the beginning of the season and now even challenging for the league which shows a good run of results can put you right back in the thick of things,” he said.

“It’s going to be a great battle this Saturday and I’m hoping we can come away from the game with three points and close the gap on the top four.”