NPL WA: stars aligning for ECU Joondalup and Sorrento

Bayswater’s Alex Wild and ECU’s Kevin Moon. Picture: Peter Simcox
Bayswater’s Alex Wild and ECU’s Kevin Moon. Picture: Peter Simcox

IN one of the closest finals races of recent National Premier Leagues WA soccer seasons, Sorrento and ECU Joondalup remain in the hunt and in threatening form with two games remaining.

The Jacks (fifth) are in the stronger position of the two, landing on equal points with Bayswater (fourth) and Floreat Athena (third) after upsetting Bayswater 3-0 away on Saturday.

Goal difference is keeping ECU Joondalup out of finals contention, but with Floreat and Bayswater facing each other this weekend, the Jacks will be guaranteed a top four spot if they defeat ninth-placed Cockburn City at ECU Joondalup Football Stadium on Saturday.

At Sorrento headquarters, the Gulls (sixth) are only three points shy of ECU, Bayswater and Floreat but have a game in hand on those sides because they are yet to play a rescheduled match against Cockburn.

Working against the Gulls is their goal difference, which is the worst of the aforementioned teams.

Sorrento needs to defeat Subiaco away this weekend and hope ECU loses to give itself the best chance of a last-gasp finals berth.

Last weekend, Sorrento accounted for Armadale 1-0 at Percy Doyle Reserve, with Sean Canham scoring the match’s only goal at the 25-minute mark.

At Frank Drago Reserve, ECU Joondalup stretched its run of unbeaten games to 10 with its impressive win over Bayswater.

ECU’s defence kept the team to its eighth clean sheet in the last 10 contests as striker Gordon Smith scored a brace and Daryl Nicol netted the first goal one minute into first-half stoppage time.