Newcomers Joondalup United and Mandurah City will clash for the first time as the PlayStation 4 NPL WA heats up in Round 2 this weekend.
Mandurah impressed during the QBE Night Series by reaching the Grand Final but had an early set-back in the league in round one when they lost 3-1 to Perth SC.
Last season’s All Flags State League Division One winners Joondalup United made a strong start to their NPLWA campaign when they earned a 2-2 draw in a derby match against ECU Joondalup.
Joondalup United coach Nick Jennings will be hoping for more of the same against Mandurah after his side’s fighting spirit led to a late Matt Sparrow penalty earning a point against ECU.
“We do play some good football, but it’s not rocket science,” Jennings said after the draw. “We give it our all, we kiss the badge, and go out there and put in 100%.”
The clash between last season’s promoted teams will be played at Percy Doyle Reserve on Sunday night.
Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell will go into round two feeling confident after his team’s 5-1 victory over Balcatta last week.
Harnwell felt the victory came as a result of hitting the back of the net at crucial times.
“I thought our finishing was superb last week, especially in the second half,” he said. “We will continue to play a good brand of football whilst being hard to break down and we are confident that if we do that, we will always be in with a chance of winning the game.”
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