Jacks host Cockburn City on Saturday

Jacks host Cockburn City on Saturday

Posted on June 4, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return to the campus this week when we host Cockburn City in week 11 of the NPLWA.

It’s been a sad week at the club after the passing of Myles O’Neill, who worked so hard, along with other members of our hard working committee, to get this club were we are today, and we will all miss him – RIP Myles.

The Jacks have lost their last two league games, but bounced back on Wednesday evening to move into the last four of the FFA Cup (WA) with a win at Bayswater City. Saturday’s visitors also moved through to the Semi-Finals of the cup with a win against Perth SC, so Saturday’s will be another tough game.

Head Coach Kenny Lowe said the win at Bayswater was well deserved. “It’s been a busy couple of weeks for as and in midweek we produced a solid performance to beat Bayswater City on Wednesday, a game we deserved to win and we have been drawn to play our neighbours Sorrento in the next round,” he explained.

“The players are well aware we are only one game away from playing in the national stage of the competition, but we have more pressing matters, starting Saturday against Cockburn.”

Lowe said despite the last two league defeats, they have been pleased with the overall performance of the side. “Our last two league games ended in defeats, but the performances were good, apart from two set-pieces against Floreat in the first half,” he said.

“I thought some of the football we played last week at Perth was some of the best we’ve played this season, and thought we were the dominant team on the pitch trying to play our type of football, but we left empty handed. We will play worse than that this season and win games, but that’s football for you.”

Lowe said Saturday will be another test, against a good Cockburn side. “Saturday will be another tough game as Cockburn are a very well coached and organized team,” he said.

“As we have seen with their results in recent weeks, and Scotty’s teams also play quality football, as Wednesday cup win against Perth shows.

“But we go onto the game in a confident mood and will be looking to get back to winning ways and get our title defence back on track.”

The games begin on Saturday at 11.00am, with the 18s playing Cockburn, and coach Dimitri Phylactou said the team continue to improve. “The performance of the team has steadily been improving over the last few months as the players better understand the system and the culture of the team strengthens,” he explained.

“Last week’s game against Perth had some very positive moments and showed how much the players have developed. It also showed some key areas where the players need to improve to ensure their positive play results in winning games.

“The challenge for the second half of the season is to convert the team and players’ improvement to consistent wins, which becomes a necessity as the players progress further into senior football. We are expecting a tough game from Cockburn and it’s an important one for us as they sit two points above us in the league.”

Then Mark Scanlan’s 20s meet Cockburn at 1.00pm, and he said his side are at a real crossroads in the season. “Last week was statistically our best and also our worst performance of the season,” he explained. “We dominated possession and now have a real understanding of the intricacies of the system – but also forgot to do some of the fundamentals of football.

“We didn’t run, tackle, we didn’t foul anybody or compete physically. All of the non-negotiables that make a team successful. This needs to be corrected ASAP in what is an enormously sad day for the club. I’m hoping the players put in a performance today that we can all be proud of and get our season back on track.”

Match Details:

ECU Joondalup v Cockburn City

Saturday June 5, 2021

Venue: ECU Football Stadium

Kick off times: 18’s 11.00am, 20s 1.00pm, First Team 3.00pm