Perkins ready for Bayswater challenge

Perkins ready for Bayswater challenge

Posted on May 11, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup travel to Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday to take on league leaders Bayswater City. (3pm)

The Jacks bounced back from two heavy defeats to beat Perth SC last week, and keeper Johnny Perkins had a lot to do with the win. The Irish custodian produced two great saves to keep Perth at bay, and Gordon Smith’s goal won it.

Perkins said it was a solid performance from the team, and we managed to get back some players from injury and suspension.

“It was a case of getting back to basics. We had been difficult to break down all year and we let that slip against Forrestfield and Balcatta. Injuries and suspensions don’t help but that’s not an excuse,” he explained.

“We have quality in depth in our squad so we should have done better. The win at the weekend was scrappy at times but the effort and determination to see out the result was plain to see, and everyone stepped back up to the plate and we worked well as a collective.’

The keeper, who joined the club from Stirling Lions this season, said they are getting the mix of youth and experience right, and all the first team squad are pushing for a starting spot.

“We have a good mix in the squad, some young lads have played in the team and played well which gives the gaffer a headache I’m sure, but a good one,” he said.

“I think for the most part we are ok with our performance for the first half. However we don’t really feel we have fully got going yet and we know there are things we need to improve on for the second half. We aren’t getting carried away by any means. Our focus is just one game at a time and trying to improve every week.”

Perkins said Bayswater are top of the league for a reason, and that’s because they have a very good team, but he said he is looking forward to the challenge. “They have been excellent over the past five years, and that level of consistency year after year is admirable,” he said.

“We always will discuss strengths and weaknesses in teams we are coming up against. With that said our main focus weekly is on us and how we want to play. This year is really tight and everyone seems capable of beating everyone which is exciting to be part of. I feel we can get a result against anyone as long as we play to our potential so Saturday is no different.”

Jacks assistant coach David Tough said Saturday is a huge game, but they go into the game with confidence after the battling performance against Perth. “It’s a game were all looking forward too, as they have been the benchmark in this league for a number of years,” he said.

“The Perth result will give us a bit of confidence going into the game, and we’ve worked hard in training this week and we’ll be well prepared for the game, the lads are up for a big one.”

Match Details

Saturday May 12

Bayswater City v ECU Joondalup

Frank Drago Reserve, Bayswater

Under 18’s – 11am

Under 20’s – 1pm

First – 3pm