NPL WA round 6: newcomers Joondalup United hopes to continue rise against 4th-placed Cockburn City

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JOONDALUP United will be looking to score its third win of the season when it meets Cockburn City at Percy Doyle Reserve tomorrow in round 6 of the National Premier Leagues WA.

After a slow start to the season, United has won its past two matches and are fifth on the league ladder, two points behind fourth-placed Cockburn.

Recent form has buoyed United coach Nick Jennings, who is looking for his side to conjure a repeat performance after last week’s 3-1 victory over Balcatta.

“I think this will be our hardest game so far this season,” he said.

“I’ve watched Cockburn a few times and they have a lot of quality.

“Our team is growing as a unit and we’re at full strength, so I’m confident. They’re a very good attacking force… but after last week we’re rock solid, so we want to repeat that.

“We always cause teams problems going forward so we will concentrate on that.”

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Cockburn coach Scott Miller will look for his side to maintain the consistency that has generated three wins and a draw from five matches.

“Joondalup United coach Nick Jennings said his team kissed the badge and they play for the shirt,” Miller said.

“You combine that with the quality they’ve got (and) they’re proving they are very hard to break down and get on top of.

“They attack in numbers, defend in numbers and they have some very good footballers there.

“We don’t have a big team so I think Euen Grant, our captain, will be a key player for us this week in controlling the defence, as well as Cameron  Edwards, Calvin Whitney and Gian Albano. Luke Radonich will need to stay on his toes in goals.”

In other games tomorrow, league leaders Perth SC entertains Armadale at Dorrien Gardens, ECU Joondalup hosts Sorrento at ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, Balcatta takes on Subiaco at Grindleford Reserve and Mandurah City faces Perth Glory at Peelwood Oval.

On Sunday, Bayswater City will be looking to fire-up its season against Floreat Athena at Frank Drago Reserve, while Stirling Lions faces Inglewood United at Macedonia Park.

FIXTURES

Saturday, March 25
Perth SC  v Armadale (Dorrien Gardens, 3pm)
ECU Joondalup v Sorrento (ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, 3pm)
Balcatta v Subiaco (Grindleford Reserve, 3pm)
Mandurah City v Perth Glory (Peelwood Oval, 3pm)
Joondalup United v Cockburn City (Percy Doyle Reserve, 3pm)

Sunday, March 26
Bayswater City v Floreat Athena (Frank Drago Reserve, 3pm)
Stirling Lions v Inglewood United (Macedonia Park, 3pm)