NPL: challenges await Sorrento and ECU Joondalup


Perth SC striker Gustavo Catarcione (white) and ECU defender Andy Higgins in action. Picture: Peter Simcox.
Perth SC striker Gustavo Catarcione (white) and ECU defender Andy Higgins in action. Picture: Peter Simcox.

As grand finalists in the Australia-wide leg of the NPL earlier this year, Bayswater City stands as one of the best teams in the country.

But the Gulls will heed City’s 2-0 loss to Inglewood United last weekend as they look for an upset at home.

ECU Joondalup, placed seventh, faces sixth-placed Stirling away, both teams hoping to keep in touch with the top four.

The Jacks were fourth but fell three places after a potential upset turned sour against second-placed Perth at ECU Joondalup Football Stadium last weekend.

The hosts held a 1-0 lead at half-time thanks to talented Scottish striker Gordon Smith, but lost the ascendancy in the second half, with the visitors stealing a 2-1 win.

ECU coach Dale McCulloch was annoyed his side left empty-handed from the match and vented some of his frustration at the referee.

“Decisions haven’t gone our way today; hopefully they will even themselves out during the season,” he told nplwa.com.au.

At Ashfield Arena, Sorrento was lucky to escape with a 1-0 win over the Perth Glory youth after Ryan Pearson netted a penalty in the 92nd minute. Coach Jamie Harnwell thought his side lacked some quality in the final third of its set-up.

“But we kept pushing and I thought we got what we deserved in the end,” he said.