Lions too good for ECU in Pre-Season hit out

Lions too good for ECU in Pre-Season hit out

Posted on February 23, 2014 in 'Reports'

16.02.14 – Stirling Lions 3 ECU Joondalup 1

ECU Joondalup were beaten 3-1 on Saturday against Stirling Lions, in a pre-season friendly at Macedonia Park. “We were disappointed with the performance, but take nothing away from Stirling who are looking a strong side again this year,” ECU assistant Coach Craig Stephenson said. “We played well in patches but some lacks in concentration let us down on the day.”

In hot conditions, the Lions raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half and never looked back. They were ahead early, Josh Booysen broke free down the left and his cross picked out Dan Milne, whose first time shot was well saved by Tim Doyle, but Jack Salter was quickest to react to fire home. ECU looked to hit back but David Foster’s near post header from a Jon Higgins’ corner, flashed wide.

It was 2-0 midway through the half, Jon Higgins brought down Salter in the box, and Miki Vujacic sent Doyle the wrong way from the spot. Jon Stynes went close for ECU moments later, David Caine’s pin-point cross picked out the former Kilmarnock midfielder, but he fired wide. But late in the half the Lions made it 3-0, Doyle’s ball out of defence was intercepted by Milne, who rounded the young keeper, and fired into an empty net. It was an up hill struggle from then on for Dale McCulloch’s side.

After the break ECU pulled one back, Jon Higgins’ free kick, pick out Stynes, who wriggled away from his marker to fire low past Alex Vrteski. It was an even second half but the damage had already been done. “It was a good workout for the side, a good test against another NPL side, and I thought we played some good stuff,” Lions Coach Gary Williams said. “We still have a few injuries within the squad, so we will get better as we build up for the first NPL game.”