Last minute heartbreak for Joondalup 18’s

Last minute heartbreak for Joondalup 18’s

Posted on October 14, 2012 in 'Reports'

Perth SC Under 18’s have won the All Flags Top Five Final 3-2 against ECU Joondalup, after a dramatic match at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday morning.

It was a fairly even contest in the early stages, with Perth trying to force the issue with long passes to their striker’s, while Joondalup were looking dangerous every time they attacked.

Both keepers were looking slightly nervy, and when a poor clearance by Perth keeper Hudson Herron came to Damo Simic 40-yards from goal, he decided to have a pop, but his effort sailed wide, but served as a warning to the Azzurri.

Joondalup’s Joel Gillespie was causing Thomas Southgate headaches on the left wing, and after getting the better of the defender he delivered a dangerous looking cross that was claimed by Herron.

The Perth custodian’s distribution was much better this time round, his kick landing at the feet of Harley Orr close to 30-yards from goal. The striker took a touch and let fly, but his shot took a wicked deflection off teammate Joel Bayubahe that completely wrong footed Joondalup keeper Pasquale Gioffre and crept in at the far post.

Perth, boosted by the goal, looked to force the issue, and Gioffre had to be at his best to smother Bayubahe’s effort from close range moments later.

But Perth’s pressure paid off, and they extend their lead in the 22nd minute. Gab Kieswetter volleying home at the back post following Bayubahe’s flick on from Conner Thurston’s corner.

Perth looked like they were going to run away with it, but to Joondalup’s credit they kept fighting and were rewarded for their persistence when Marco Santalucia was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area when clearing a ball into the box.

Damo Simic stepped up to take and blasted his effort into the top left corner, giving Herron no chance.

Perth came close to restoring their two goal buffer shortly before half time, first from Nathan De Abreu’s curling effort from the corner of the box, then from Declan Hargreaves, whose well struck shot swerved away from goal at the last second.

The move of the match came on the stroke of half time, and it should’ve seen Perth go in two goals up at the break. Some clever interplay between Orr and Kieswetter saw Bayubahe teed up inside the box, but Gioffre was off his line quickly to save at the Perth striker’s feet.

It looked as though Perth would rue that miss when Mitchel McClymes struck after 15 minutes of the second half, side footing Joe Knowles’s cross past the onrushing Herron.

Following the goal, Perth piled on the pressure, creating a number of chances that went begging.

Orr drew a brilliant save from Gioffre after being found up by Conner Thurston, Kieswetter had Gioffre scrambling with a header that trickled just past the post and Nathan De Abreu fired against the side netting after some neat footwork.

With the match heading towards penalties, Daniel Tate spread the play to the wing. Conner McKay pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where Jordan Doropoulos, on as a substitute five minutes earlier, was waiting, and he side footed home past a number of players in the penalty area.

Shortly after the goal, referee Tom Glavovic blew for full time, and Perth had nicked it.

Perth SC 3 (Joel BAYUBAHE 9’, Gab KIESWETTER 22’, Jordan DOROPOULOS 90’)

ECU Joondalup 2 (Damo SIMIC (pen.) 29’, Mitchell McCLYMES 62’)

Saturday 6 October 2012

Frank Drago Reserve, Bayswater

Local kick-off: 10:00am

Referee: Tom Glavovic

Assistants: Zack Piccicacco and Alex Cook

Perth SC: GK Hudson HERRON, 3 Marco SANTALUCIA, 4 Nathan DE ABREU (17 Ahmed NASER 87’), 6 Daniel TATE, 7 Declan HARGREAVES, 8 Thomas SOUTHGATE, 9 Harley ORR, 10 Gab KIESWETTER (11 Conner McKAY 66’), 5 Alex VERTH, 16 Joel BAYUBAHE (2 Jordan DOROPOULOS 85’), 23 Conner THURSTON

Substitutes not used: RGK Damien STANOEVSKI, 14 Conner BESCI

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

ECU Joondalup: GK Pasquale GIOFFRE, 4 Jack OLDHAM, 6 David STOKOE, 13 Scott ROBERTSON, 3 Kye DOUGLAS (14 Locky BECKFOLD 56’), 15 Jack CAIRNS (2 Coire McGUIGAN 56’), 7 Harry HAWKINS, 9 Damo SMIC, 16 Gavin GILLIES (5 Joe KNOWLES HT), 11 Joel GILLESPIE, 10 Mitchel McCLYMES

Substitutes not used: 12 Paul DAVID, 8 Jake DAVIES

Yellow cards: 5 Joe KNOWLES 45’, 7 Harry HAWKINS 58’, 4 Jack OLDHAM 60’

Red cards: Nil