NPL WA: Sorrento, ECU Joondalup and Joondalup United face big clashes

Sorrento's Jacob Shore and Glory's Joe Knowles in action. Picture: Peter Simcox
Sorrento's Jacob Shore and Glory's Joe Knowles in action. Picture: Peter Simcox

SORRENTO will look to stretch its lead at the top of the National Premier Leagues WA table against third-placed Cockburn City on Saturday.

ECU Joondalup (seventh) has a chance to move past Bayswater City (fifth) when the teams meet at Frank Drago Reserve. Joondalup United (ninth) could also progress up the ladder when it faces Stirling (eighth) at Percy Doyle Reserve in a big weekend for local sides.

Last Saturday, the league-leading Gulls took care of Perth Glory 4-2 at Ashfield Reserve after the hosts looked to have the better of Sorrento in a 2-2 first half.

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Gulls coach Jamie Harnwell told nplwa.com.au his side was lucky to go into the break on level terms.

“They totally outplayed us early, but we conjured up two goals from somewhere,” he said.

“It was a hot day, so they couldn’t keep it up all game and we managed to take hold in the second half and defensively we were good today.”

ECU Joondalup scored its third win of the season in a 4-1 win against Subiaco at ECU Football Stadium.

The side was 3-0 up by the 72nd minute before the visitors struck about four minutes later.

ECU Joondalup coach Dale McCulloch said Subiaco made his team work for their goals.

“We probably didn’t play our best, but the players worked extremely hard with and without the ball, and we got the reward,” he said.

At Percy Doyle Reserve, results did not fall in the favour of Joondalup United, which was beaten 4-0 by Bayswater City.

Joondalup coach Nick Jennings was disappointed in his side’s performance but said it was the hardest challenge they had faced so far.

“I wanted to start the game at a high tempo, but we never really got going,” he said.