NPL WA: ECU Joondalup on unbeaten streak, tough Sorrento test for Joondalup United

ECU Joondalup drew with Bayswater City last weekend. Picture: Peter Simcox
ECU Joondalup drew with Bayswater City last weekend. Picture: Peter Simcox

NEWCOMERS Joondalup United will have the chance to test themselves against the best when they face league leaders Sorrento in National Premier Leagues WA soccer on Saturday.

Cross-town side ECU Joondalup faces Balcatta and a win could propel the seventh-placed Jacks into the top four if other results fall their way.

All three local teams are coming off drawn contests last weekend, which resulted in no ladder movement for any of them.

At Dalmatinac Park, Sorrento went ahead in the first nine minutes but could not score for the rest of the match as Cockburn City put one away in the 58th minute to record a 1-1 finish.

Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said Cockburn was unlucky not to win.

“In the first 10 minutes we were superb and then we thought we were better than what we were,” he said.

“If we play like that week in and week out, we won’t be top for much longer.”

At Frank Drago Reserve, ECU Joondalup took a 2-1 lead into half-time against Bayswater City before the hosts scored an equaliser late in the game.

ECU Joondalup coach Dale McCulloch was disappointed to concede a late goal but happy to maintain his side’s unbeaten run.

“It’s a tough place to come (Frank Drago Reserve) and not many teams will leave here with a point this season, so I’m happy with the point,” he said.

At Percy Doyle Reserve, ninth-placed Joondalup United and eighth-placed Stirling lived up to their close positioning on the table with neither side able to score in a 0-0 contest.

“To be perfectly honest, I thought we were the better team and we were unlucky not to take all three points,” Joondalup coach Nick Jennings said.

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