Sorrento v Jacks – Derby Day Preview

Sorrento v Jacks – Derby Day Preview

Posted on May 25, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return to NPL-WA action on Saturday afternoon when we travel to Percy Doyle Reserve to take on Sorrento in the local derby. (5pm)

The game will kick off at 5pm, after the NPL game between Joondalup United and Armadale at the same venue, but the under 18’s and under 20’s games have been postponed until next Wednesday evening.

Both sides are coming off disappointing results, Sorrento threw away two points after Floreat scored late to take a point, while we were beaten at Bayswater. ECU skipper Daryl Nicol said it was a game they dominated but couldn’t break them down.

“The result against Bayswater was hugely disappointing but we took a lot of confidence from the performance,” he said. “Failing to take anything from the game hurt, but you could see from the performance in the cup it didn’t dent our confidence.”

The Jacks bounced back to move into the next round of the FFA Cup last week, and Nicol said it has given the club a huge lift, ahead of the derby. “A good cup run lifts everybody at the club and to have the younger lads progressing in their competitions is fantastic also. But getting to the semifinal means nothing and we’ll be doing everything we can to make that final,” he said.

“I think in derby games form goes out the window, but to be honest that’s been the case for most games in our league this season. League position has meant nothing, and it will be the same again this weekend. We’re in good form at the moment and we’ll need another strong performance to get the points on Saturday.”

Jacks assistant Coach David Tough said the cup win has given them a great boost ahead of the derby. “It was a very professional performance against Forrestfield, which I thought we dominated from start to finish,” he explained.

“The lads were determined to make amends for our defeat to them in the league but having a good cup run was a target from the start of the season so were delighted to make the semifinals, but now it back to league action.”

Tough said the form of the skipper in front of goal has been outstanding, but he was quick to praise the players supplying him. “Daryl continued his scoring form with another hat trick but some of the lead up and inter play was great,” he said.

“Our combination play was excellent at the weekend, and when our front players are on it, they’re a joy to watch, but it’s also helpful to have a great finisher like Daryl in the team.”

The Coach said Saturday well be another huge test, and Sorrento are always hard to beat especially up at Percy Doyle, and with Brad McDonald’s move to us it will make it a little more interesting. “The form guild always goes out the window in these games and both team will be desperate for the points,” he said.

“Brad is a great signing for the club and has fitted in excellently. I’m sure he’ll get a bit of stick during the game but he’s a strong character who I’m sure will take it in his stride.” There could also be a club debut for the other transfer window signing, with Kieron Stallard joining McDonald in the squad for the trip.