Local teams in uphill battle to stay in contention after weekend

The fifth-placed Gulls� 5-0 loss to the league leaders leaves them four points and goal difference outside the final four, making a win against Balcatta at Percy Doyle Reserve this weekend all the more important if they want to stay in touch with the competition�s best.

Sorrento was down 2-0 at half-time then conceded three goals in the second half with City�s Danny Dixon and David Heagney taking a brace each from the Frank Drago Reserve match.

Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell was disappointed with the effort.

�I’ve asked them to have a look at themselves and to make sure this doesn’t happen again this season,� he told NPLWA.com.au.

At ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, the Jacks twice held the lead, but Armadale levelled on both occasions in a 2-2 draw.

Tommy Amphlett opened ECU�s account with a lob at 22 minutes, but Danny Hodgson netted Armadale�s first just under 10 minutes later.

It took only one minute for Armadale to draw level in the second half after the Jacks� Bayley Montgomery had put his side 2-1 ahead in the 72nd minute.

ECU coach Dale McCulloch rued the missed opportunity of victory. �I thought the game was there to be won. We went up twice but we couldn�t defend it,� he said.

Eighth-placed ECU faces third-placed Stirling Lions away on Saturday.