Jacks host Armadale in NPLWA Top Six – Week One Preview

Jacks host Armadale in NPLWA Top Six – Week One Preview

Posted on September 11, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup begin their NPL-WA top six campaign when they host Armadale in Week One at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (3.00pm)

Last week’s 3-0 win against Balcatta saw the Jacks finish the first phase of the NPL table in fourth spot, and they are joined in the top six by Saturday’s opponents Armadale, Floreat Athena, Gwelup Croatia, Cockburn City and Sorrento.

Jacks Head Coach Kenny Lowe said the players deserve a great deal of credit for the season to date.  “We set out at the start of the season to progress to the top six and we have improved with each game, playing our brand of football, so everyone at the club are delighted that we have taken our spot,” he explained.

“Our last five games saw us go unbeaten with wins against Rockingham, Gwelup Croatia, Perth SC and Balcatta and we finished the first stage in fourth position. The lads have been magnificent and have worked extremely hard on the way we want to play and they deserve a great deal of credit.”

Lowe said the new top six format is a new concept this season, but under the circumstance it’s a good way to pick the best team in the league.

“The Top Six is a new concept in WA Football, but with the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s probably the best we could do in a shortened season, although some might differ,” he said.

“Saturday, we take on a well organised Armadale side who work extremely hard for each other, but we will go into the game focusing only on ourselves, and if we get our game plan right, we will get the right result.”

Jacks midfielder Callum Timmins was missing from the win against Balcatta due to suspension, but he returns to the squad on Saturday. He said they are hitting good form at the right time of the season, and getting their rewards now.

“It’s been a very good start to the season for us, and we knew our form was bound to come with the way we have been playing all season, and in the way that we’ve been dominating teams,” he explained.

“Sitting in the stands last week watching I could see Balcatta didn’t really have much of a chance as we just stuck to the way we have been playing and they didn’t know what to do with us.

“It was a great performance from the lads and shows the depth we have as a squad with people coming in and out and doing the job.”

Timmins knows Armadale will a tough, but he believes they can get the job done. “Armadale is always a tough game, because you know what they are going to bring,” he said.

“But I think with the form we are in and the confidence in the team, we should hopefully get a result and start the top six games on a high.”

Speaking on the Football West website, Armadale coach John O’Reilly said Saturday’s clash will be tight. “They play a very possession-dominant game and like to keep the ball,” he said.

“Whereas we are about being patient, staying calm and not losing our heads. It’ll be very much like a chess game.”

Match details

ECU Joondalup v Armadale

Saturday September 12

ECU Football Stadium

Kick off times:

18’s – 11.00am, 20’s – 1.00pm

First Team – 3.00pm