Cockburn City v ECU Joondalup – NPL Top Six Match Preview

Cockburn City v ECU Joondalup – NPL Top Six Match Preview

Posted on September 25, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are back in NPLWA Top Six action on Saturday, when they travel to Dalmatinac Park to take on leaders Cockburn City. (3.00pm)

The Cockerels are the form team of the second phase, and are the only side not to be beaten in the group, but last time out they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sorrento.

The Jacks fought back to earn a draw at Gwelup, Harry Evans’ goal saw them move to four points, three behind Saturday’s opponents, so three points on Saturday will be vital to keep our title hopes alive.

Head Coach Kenny Lowe was pleased with the sides reaction of going behind at Gwelup, and said they dominated for long periods.

“We conceded a sloppy goal early, although the lad took his chance well, but I thought we controlled the rest of the game and there was only one team going to win it late, but we couldn’t find the second,” Lowe explained.

“We’ve been pleased with the contribution from the whole squad in recent weeks, and we will be looking for more of the same against a good Cockburn side on Saturday.”

The Jacks beat Scott Miller’s side 2-0 at the Campus in round one of the regular season, and Lowe said they will be looking for a similar result on Saturday.

“We played them earlier in the season, and to be fair they would have been disappointed to leave empty-handed, but both sides have improved since that game, and with what is on the line, this one should be a cracking game,” Lowe said.

“We go there in a confident mood after only one defeat in our last eight games. It’s tight at the top of the group, so we know what is needed and we are looking for the three points and to continue our push to the title and top four finals.”

Skipper Johnny Perkins produced a stunning reaction save at Gwelup when the score was 1-0, but he said the players thought they had done enough to take the three points.

“We were disappointed not to come away with three points, but after giving away a cheap goal in the fourth minute, we controlled the tempo of the game and created better chances,” he explained.

“So, we take the positives from the game and take them into this week’s game against a good Cockburn side.

“We have played nice football and controlled large parts of games, which is encouraging, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.

“We’ve been an ok run of form, but we are not getting carried away with anything, as always, the focus is only on the next game and that’s at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday.”

Perkins said Saturday is huge for both clubs, and with the top six tight, three points are vital for the Jacks, and that’s what they are going for.

“Cockburn have a very technical side with lots of energy and their manager always has them playing nice football. There is a reason why they are top of the table, but we are relishing the challenge of going there,” he said.

“We will go there with the aim to win three points, no different to any other game. The lads are buzzing to play games so everyone is champing at the bit for Saturday.”

Match Details:

Cockburn City v ECU Joondalup

Saturday September 26, 2020

Dalmatinac Park, Spearwood

Kick off times:

18’s – 11.00am, 20’s – 1.00pm – First Team – 3.00pm