Jacks host Armadale in NPL-WA

Jacks host Armadale in NPL-WA

Posted on July 31, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home this weekend when they host Armadale in week five of the NPL-WA at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Both these sides were beaten last week, the Jacks at Perth Glory, while the Reds were beaten at home by Gwelup Croatia, so both will want to bounce back this week.

Head Coach Kenny Lowe said they will be looking to rebound after last week’s 1-3 defeat. “What a difference a week makes in football,” Lowe said.

“Our last home game against Sorrento we were very good, and won convincingly, and credit to the lads they went out and executed our game plan well and we scored six good goals.

“Last week on the road we came up against a very good Perth Glory side, who played well on the day. They have some very good players and are well coached, but it does give us things to work on.”

Lowe said Armadale will be another tough game, but one they are relishing. “Saturday is another challenge for us and Armadale have started the season well,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to play at home, but are aware it will be another tough encounter, but the lads are looking forward to it.”

Jacks striker Bayley Brown-Montgomery said last week they came up against a side who were on their game for 90 minutes. “I thought Glory just played the better game, and we didn’t really ever get into the game,” he said.

“In games like that it’s always hard to control the ball, especially against such a structured and well drilled team like Glory, but we move on and look forward to Saturday.”

The striker said Armadale are always tough to play against and Saturday will be the same and he’s looking forward to catching up with former Jacks midfielder Charlie Kenna, who returned the Reds this season. “Armadale have been in great form this season, and they’ve got a lot of new faces as do we,” he explained.

“We’re ready for the challenge and I think we will both have a few surprises for each other, and it will be good to see an old player Charlie back down at ECU, but we’re looking for the three points.”

Our under 18’s are first up on Saturday and coach Mark Scanlan said despite the loss against the Glory last week the performance from his young side was impressive. “Last week saw us put in a spirited performance away to Perth Glory, and for me, it was one of our better performances as a side,” he said.

“The result was disappointing but I can’t fault the effort of the boys at all. I said in the week that it was their first performance as a senior side and we look to continue that on Saturday.”

The under 20’s were level at half time last week against Glory, but conceded five after the break, much to the displeasure of coach Rob Mohan. “We started the game very well and went one up with the score 1-1 at halftime, but to conceding five goals in the second half was inexcusable,” he explained.

“Saturday’s game against Armadale will show me how much pride the lads have and if we have any aspirations of finishing top four it’s must win.”

Match Details

ECU Joondalup v Armadale

Saturday August 1

ECU Football Stadium

Kick off times

Under 18’s – 11am, Under 20’s – 1.00pm – First Team – 3.00pm