NPL WA: Sorrento goes top, ECU and Joondalup United off the mark

ECU Joondalup striker Daryl Nicol is half of the best strike force in the NPL WA according to Joondalup City coach Nick Jennings. Picture: Peter Simcox
ECU Joondalup striker Daryl Nicol is half of the best strike force in the NPL WA according to Joondalup City coach Nick Jennings. Picture: Peter Simcox

ECU Joondalup and Joondalup United recorded their first wins of the season, while Sorrento took top spot with its third victory in National Premier Leagues WA soccer.

United had a three-goal lead against Subiaco at half-time at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday, but gave away two goals in a tight finish to the 4-3 win.

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Joondalup coach Nick Jennings conceded his team was lucky to get away with the three points after a poor second half.

“We didn’t see out the game, we completely switched off,” he told nplwa.com.au.

At Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday, the Gulls thrashed Armadale 5-1, with braces to Jack Salter and Billy Quinncroft.

In Joondalup, the Jacks produced a fantastic second half fightback to beat Inglewood United 3-2 in an entertaining battle at ECU Football Stadium on Saturday.

Scottish striker Daryl Nicol was the star, bagging a brace and setting up the other.

Nicol said it was a gutsy win, but not the best of starts.

“It was a disappointing start by us again. I don’t know why this is but we need to sort it out,” he said.

“But that sort of win can kick-start our season.

“We’ve had a slow start and you can struggle with confidence, so to come from two goals down against a top team is great and we hope to kick on from here.”

Coach Dale McCulloch thought his side deserved the win despite the poor start that had them fall 2-0 behind inside the first 20 minutes.

He said the side’s fitness showed in the second half when they overran the visitors.