National Premier Leagues WA: ECU Joondalup and Sorrento hopes dampened


ECU’s Gordon Smith.
ECU’s Gordon Smith.

NATIONAL Premier Leagues WA competition breaks for the State Cup final this weekend, but a tough round awaits ECU Joondalup and Sorrento when the action returns.

The sixth-placed Jacks face eighth-placed Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve in a must-win clash if the side is to maintain momentum in its surge for the top four.

Sorrento faces the league’s toughest assignment against top-placed Inglewood, which has lost just three of 17 games this season.

The Gulls are coming off an abandoned match against Cockburn, which was cancelled 22 minutes into the contest because of bad weather and dangerous conditions at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday. The fixture is to be rescheduled.

At ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, the Jacks match against Floreat Athena was also abandoned, but in the 64th minute.

This meant the sides had played enough of the game to record a result, with 2-2 being the final score after first half goals to ECU’s Gordon Smith and Tommy Amphlett.

ECU Joondalup was seething at a penalty, which the club described as “dubious” on its Twitter page, awarded to the visitors early in the second half that gave them the equalising goal.

ECU coach Dale McCulloch told nplwa.com.au it was disappointing to have the game abandoned, but gave his side credit for its effort.

“They are in a really good groove and playing well,” he said.