ECU Joondalup open Night Series with a win

ECU Joondalup open Night Series with a win

Posted on January 27, 2014 in 'Reports'

A goal from midfielder Andy Higgins has given ECU Joondalup a winning start in the Football West Night Series. His curling free kick earned them a 1-0 win against Ashfield at the Kingsway Reserve on Saturday evening.

It was even start the game, but the first chance fell to ECU on 10 minutes. Tommy Amphlett was given far too much space in the penalty area but his shot crashed off the base of the post and away to safety. Moments later David Foster made space in the penalty area but his shot hit the side netting.

But on 27 minutes ECU made their pressure count and they hit the front. Foster was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and Andy Higgins stepped up and curled it around the wall and into the net. ECU continued to take the game to Ashfield, but their keeper John Perkins kept his side in the game with a great save to Jon Stynes on the stroke of half time.

Dale McCulloch made a double change at the break with Ryan Townsend and Scott Blackmore coming on for Foster and Charlie Comyn-Platt. But two minutes into the second half Townsend was forced off with an arm injury, he was replaced by Joe Smith.

On the hour Ashfield had a great chance to level when Jamie Burns raced clear but with only Andy Banks to beat he blazed over. ECU continued to look dangerous an on 65 minutes Smith played a great through ball to Tommy Amphlett, who’s shot from long-range was well saved by Perkins.

Ashfield were still in the game and there were chances at both ends as the game opened up. First Ashfield’s Tom Kennedy’s low drive from the edge of the penalty area was well saved by Banks, and moments later Smith’s low shot was well saved by Perkins.

The Ashfield custodian came to his sides rescue again on 81 minutes, Amphlett racing clear but was denied well by Perkins. But Ashfield were unable to find the equaliser and at full time Coach Dale McCulloch was delighted with sides first up performance of the season.

“It was a good hit out for our first competitive game. It was a shame to lose Ryan Townsend to a dislocated elbow,” he said.

“Our finishing at times was not up to scratch, but also I thought there goal keeper was the best player on the pitch. It was good to be back playing competitive football again.”

ECU Joondalup Squad – GK Andy Banks, Ryan Lowry, Shaun Timmons, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Ryan Townsend, Jon Stynes, David Caine, Joe Smith, David Foster, Andy Higgins, Jon Higgins, Dejan Speseski, Tommy Amphlett, Ryan McDarby, Scott Blackmore, Genaveo Human, Jake Benson-Cooper, Gareth Crawley, Bradley Burgess, Tim Doyle, Lachlan Bechtold, Jack McMaster, Jack Cairns, Jordan Dodds

Ashfield Squad – GK John Perkins, RGK Alex Sutton, Matt Wardle, James Duncan, Graham Tough, Nick Davies, Mark Donnelly, Chris Thackray, Tom Kennedy, Jay Lang, Ian McKean, Aaron Colli, Ruben Tristaio, Michael Bazcynski, Luke Colli, James Wour, Mladen Kovacevic, Ryan Frisina, James Burns, Ryan Fielder, Karl O’Reily, Bobby Irving, Barry Richards, Nathan Thorp, Matt Worton,