Big win for Joondalup

Cockburn’s Jesse Fuller looks to evade a tackle from Sorrento’s James Morgan. Picture: Football West News
Cockburn’s Jesse Fuller looks to evade a tackle from Sorrento’s James Morgan. Picture: Football West News

And cross-district side Sorrento needs a win against Perth Glory to keep its finals spot safe after it lost 3-1 to Cockburn in round 18.

The Gulls’ loss leaves them just two points ahead in fourth heading into round 19.

Another defeat this weekend could drop them out of the final five on a weaker goal difference if fifth-placed Lions and sixth-placed Cockburn both win. |Seventh-placed ECU is still five points and a six-goal margin shy of a finals spot ahead of a tough clash against Perth away.

But the side’s big win against Inglewood kept its slim chances alive with four games remaining.

The Jacks were 2-1 down at the 48-minute mark at ECU Football Stadium, but a flurry of four goals in 21 minutes, including two to Tommy Amphlett, secured an emphatic victory.

Coach Dale McCulloch said the side was definitely improving.

‘We’re looking to continue this form and put in a strong finish |to the season,’ he told nplwa.com.au.

In the Sorrento-Cockburn clash at Dalmatinac Park, the half-time score was locked at 1-1, but the Cockerels got the better of the visitors in the final 15 minutes of the second half.

Assistant coach Steve Neville said defence had been a weak point in the side.

‘We’ve conceded nearly 40 goals this year,’ he told nplwa.com.au.

‘We have four games to go and we need to pick ourselves up.’