A test against league’s best awaits

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport -

NEW­COM­ERS Joon­dalup United will have the chance to test them­selves against the best when they face league lead­ers Sor­rento in Na­tional Pre­mier Leagues WA soccer on Satur­day.

Cross-town side ECU Joon­dalup faces Bal­catta and a win could pro­pel the sev­enth-placed Jacks into the top four if other results fall their way.

All three local teams are com­ing off drawn con­tests last week­end, which re­sulted in no lad­der move­ment for any of them.

At Dal­matinac Park, Sor­rento went ahead in the first nine min­utes but could not score for the rest of the match as Cock­burn City put one away in the 58th minute to record a 1-1 fin­ish.

Sor­rento coach Jamie Harn­well said Cock­burn was un­lucky not to win.

“In the first 10 min­utes we were su­perb and then we thought we were bet­ter than what we were,” he said.

“If we play like that week in and week out, we won’t be top for much longer.”

At Frank Drago Re­serve, ECU Joon­dalup took a 2-1 lead into half-time against Bayswa­ter City be­fore the hosts scored an equaliser late in the game.

ECU Joon­dalup coach Dale McCul­loch was dis­ap­pointed to con­cede a late goal but happy to main­tain his side’s un­beaten run.

“It’s a tough place to come (Frank Drago Re­serve) and not many teams will leave here with a point this sea­son, so I’m happy with the point,” he said.

At Percy Doyle Re­serve, ninth-placed Joon­dalup United and eighth-placed Stir­ling lived up to their close po­si­tion­ing on the ta­ble with nei­ther side able to score in a 0-0 con­test.

“To be per­fectly hon­est, I thought we were the bet­ter team and we were un­lucky not to take all three points,” Joon­dalup coach Nick Jen­nings said.

Bayswa­ter City’s Sam BorBor evades ECU de­fend­ers.

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