Subiaco skipper Guy McDonald was not surprised by his side’s historic first National Premier Leagues WA victory against Armadale last week.
For all the talk of Subiaco’s long drought, McDonald knew a win was coming – the 1-0 success secured by Ian McMurray’s goal - and now confidence is soaring ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Cockburn City at the WA Athletics Stadium.
“It’s been a long time coming and on our last few performances it was the least we deserved,” McDonald said.
“Every week we turn up believing we can get a result but at the same time know we have to be at our best to achieve this. We haven’t been too far away and it was great feeling in the rooms after, as we celebrated a historic win for us.”
Cockburn have struggled in recent weeks as injuries and suspensions have hit hard but McDonald is prepared for another tough game.
“They are a young side and do have quality players that on their day can cause any team problems,” he said.
“But we go into the game full of confidence after our maiden win and we will be doing our best to get the three points this week too.”
McDonald, who is racing time to be fit for the clash against the Cockerels, has worked with Subiaco coach Gerry McEwan for a number of years and always believed they would be competitive under his charge.
“It’s just been a matter of building on our game plan and turning those good performances into points,” he said. “I think many people forget that we are a brand new team and players take time to gel. We can only be positive and look forward to the future and keep improving week in and week out.”
In team news, Subiaco have lost defender Laurence Gaughan to Perth, while for the visitors Matt Barlow is fit after missing last week’s game following a car accident. Cockburn will also welcome back skipper Paul Natale, lively winger’s Feizal Zaw and Blake Adams from injury.
Saturday: Balcatta v Armadale (Grindleford Reserve, 3pm); Inglewood United v Bayswater City (Intiga Stadium 3pm); ECU Joondalup v Floreat Athena (ECU Football Arena 3pm); Stirling Lions v Perth Glory (Macedonia Park 3pm); Subiaco AFC v Cockburn City (WA Athletics Stadium 3pm).
Sunday: Perth v Sorrento (Dorrien Gardens 3pm)