NPL WA: ECU Joondalup closing in on Sorrento


ECU Joondalup celebrate Gordon Smith's second goal. Picture: Peter Simcox
ECU Joondalup celebrate Gordon Smith's second goal. Picture: Peter Simcox

ECU will look to make it three straight wins when it faces Armadale, while Sorrento will hope for a turnaround in form against Floreat Athena, having won just one of its past six games in National Premier Leagues WA soccer.

The contrasting form of the two local rivals has ECU closing in on Sorrento’s ladder position, the Jacks sitting just two places and four points shy of the Gulls’ sixth place.

ECU’s campaign was boosted by a 3-0 win over Sorrento in the northern derby last weekend.

A second-half goal to Tommy Amphlett and a brace from Scottish striker Gordon Smith gave the Jacks a comprehensive win at ECU Football Stadium.

Coach Dale McCulloch said it was a strong performance from the whole squad.

“Even the players coming off the bench were good, which is pleasing,” he said. “We made four changes to the side and we’re only going to get better as a team, so we told the players after the game that’s the standard they have set and we want to continue it.”

McCulloch gave debuts to three new players and said they performed well but praised a solid defensive display.

“With new players it sometimes takes time to gel, but it shows the quality we’ve brought in, and they have fitted into the system so well,” he said.

Jayden Drummond played his first game after signing from Kingsley in the Amateur League and he said it was good start to his career at the club.

“I was bit nervous at the start but once the game got going, I just got on with it and was happy to put a good shift in,” he said.