Chance to move up lad­der

North Coast Weekender - - Sport -

SOR­RENTO will look to stretch its lead at the top of the Na­tional Premier Leagues WA ta­ble against third-placed Cock­burn City on Satur­day.

ECU Joon­dalup (seventh) has a chance to move past Bayswa­ter City (fifth) when the teams meet at Frank Drago Re­serve. Joon­dalup United (ninth) could also progress up the lad­der when it faces Stir­ling (eighth) at Percy Doyle Re­serve in a big week­end for lo­cal sides.

Last Satur­day, the league-lead­ing Gulls took care of Perth Glory 4-2 at Ash­field Re­serve af­ter the hosts looked to have the bet­ter of Sor­rento in a 2-2 first half.

Gulls coach Jamie Harn­well told his side was lucky to go into the break on level terms.

“They to­tally out­played us early, but we con­jured up two goals from some­where,” he said.

“It was a hot day, so they couldn’t keep it up all game and we man­aged to take hold in the sec­ond half and de­fen­sively we were good to­day.”

ECU Joon­dalup scored its third win of the sea­son in a 4-1 win against Su­bi­aco at ECU Foot­ball Sta­dium.

The side was 3-0 up by the 72nd minute be­fore the vis­i­tors struck about four min­utes later.

ECU Joon­dalup coach Dale McCul­loch said Su­bi­aco made his team work for their goals.

“We prob­a­bly didn’t play our best, but the play­ers worked ex­tremely hard with and with­out the ball, and we got the re­ward,” he said.

At Percy Doyle Re­serve, re­sults did not fall in the favour of Joon­dalup United, which was beaten 4-0 by Bayswa­ter City.

Joon­dalup coach Nick Jen­nings was dis­ap­pointed in his side’s per­for­mance but said it was the hard­est chal­lenge they had faced so far.

“I wanted to start the game at a high tempo, but we never re­ally got go­ing,” he said.

Sor­rento's Ja­cob Shore and Glory's Joe Knowles in ac­tion.

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