NPL WA: ECU Joondalup in contention, Sorrento on the up?


ECU Joondalup’s Daryl Nichol battles with Stirling’s Mathiang Mathiang. Picture: Peter Simcox
ECU Joondalup’s Daryl Nichol battles with Stirling’s Mathiang Mathiang. Picture: Peter Simcox

ECU Joondalup remains in the hunt to work its way into the top four, while Sorrento looks to build upon a morale-boosting result in National Premier Leagues WA soccer.

The Jacks’ dream run through the middle of the season continues with the side unbeaten from their past six games, including five wins.

The Gulls, on the other hand, have lost five of their past 10 matches with just two wins.

But a 3-3 come-from-behind draw against second-placed Bayswater City on the weekend could mark a turnaround in Sorrento’s fortunes.

Coach Jamie Harnwell told nplwa.com.au the side had to maintain the intensity they showed in coming back from 3-1 down at half-time.

“We can’t afford to give teams a two-goal headstart. We can’t keep pulling back time and time again,” he said.

They face ninth-placed Cockburn City on Saturday while sixth-placed ECU Joondalup have a chance to close in on fifth spot against fifth-placed Floreat Athena.

ECU had a thrilling 3-2 win over fourth-placed Stirling at ECU Joondalup Football Stadium last weekend,landing the winner two minutes into stoppage time.