It’s Derby Day for The Jacks on Saturday

It’s Derby Day for The Jacks on Saturday

Posted on July 9, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host local rivals Sorrento in the ‘City of Joondalup’ Derby at the ECU Football Stadium. (3.00pm)

Last week’s games against Inglewood United were a victim of the Covid lockdown, and a rearranged date and time for that game will be announced shortly.

Saturday’s visitors were beaten at home last week by Armadale, so will be looking to bounce back so it sets up another exciting derby.

Head Coach Kenny Lowe said they are all looking forward to get back playing. “We are starting to get back to normal in the State after the snap Covid lockdown, which saw last week’s game against Inglewood postponed, and the players unable to train,” he explained.

“But it’s been back to full training and the lads are looking forward to getting back on the park, and what a game to do it, a local Derby.”

Lowe said in their last two games, away from home, the players were great, but they came home with indifferent results.

“We had a good win at Balcatta, but we suffered a loss at Armadale, and in both games, we dominated,” he said.

“Armadale, saw us have a player sent off for handball, which on review was very unfortunate for Shame (Cassidy) who will miss Saturday’s game.

“I thought we were excellent with 10 men for nearly the whole of the second half and thoroughly unlucky not to come away with more, the lads were superb.

“What has gone has gone. We need to focus on Saturday which will be another tough game, as all Derby’s are, we will look to get back to winning ways to apply pressure to teams above us in league.”

The under 18s kick things off on Saturday against Sorrento and coach Dimitri Phylactou is looking forward to Saturday’s clash.

“Really glad to be back playing football after last week’s break and we have a really tough game against Sorrento to get back into it,” he said.

“They (Sorrento) are proving to be one of the strongest teams in the league this year and last time we played them certainly showed us how far we have to go to be able to match it with the more mature and more experienced teams.

 

“But the team has come a long way since then, early in the season, they are much more effective in executing the playing style and really look good when they get it right. That said, as the Gwelup and Armadale games have shown, there are still areas to improve.”

The under 20s will be aiming for four wins on the bounce when they take on Sorrento and Coach Mark Scanlan was pleased to get the win last time out at Armadale.

“Our last game saw us get a monkey off our back – Armadale away has never been a place where we have picked up points and at half time (0-1 down) that trend looked like it was going to continue,” he said.

“A much improved second half saw us score three quick goals and dominate possession. There’s been a real solidity about us recently and we’ve had a greater consistency in the squad that we’ve had available to us.

“Last time out at Sorrento we lost to an offside goal – which was waved away by the officials and hurt us as we felt we deserved more. Our aim now is to climb the table and go on a run of games and pick up points off the teams above us to keep our top four aspirations alive.”

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ECU Joondalup v Sorrento
NPLWA – Week 15
Saturday July 10, 2021
Venue: ECU Football Stadium
Kick off times: 18s – 11.00am, 20s – 1.00pm
First Team – 3.00pm