Benson-Cooper wins it for ECU

Benson-Cooper wins it for ECU

Posted on February 14, 2015 in 'Reports'

A goal from Jake Benson-Cooper has given ECU Joondalup a 1-0 win against local rivals Sorrento in week 2 of the NPL-WA Night Series game at Dorrien Gardens on Friday evening. The midfielder stuck just before half time, and after a good team performance Coach Dale McCulloch was really pleased.

“We had six first team players out tonight and I thought we dominated the game and thoroughly deserved the win,” he said. “The whole squad played well and Jamie (Serra) had to produce a stunning save in the first half to keep us in it, but after that I thought we were the better side and once again the youngsters showed they are not out of place in NPL.”

McCulloch made one change to the side that lost to Cockburn City, with Andy Higgins returning in place of Joe Smith, while on the bench Tommy Amphlett returned. It was an even opening and the first chance fell to the Gulls, and Jamie Serra saved well to deny Scott Bulloch, and did even better to deny the former Perth Glory winger’s follow up shot.

Stuart Montgomery tried us look for the edge of the penalty area on 20 minutes that whistled wide, before Ryan Lowry volley rattled the crossbar moments later. Guy McDonald was having a great game and he went close to the opener on the half hour, but his header was the wrong side of the post. ECU was having plenty of possession and they made it count seven minutes before the break. Andy Higgins’ corner picked out the run of Benson-Cooper, and he headed home at the near post, to send them in 1-0 up at the break.

After the break Amphlett was introduced and he was a real handful for the Sorrento defence. On the hour he was sent racing clear, but Sorrento keeper James Morgan denied him, although the flag was up for offside. It was almost 2-0 on 70 minutes, Benson-Cooper was the provider this time, playing a great ball into the path of Bayley Brown-Montgomery, but again Morgan was alert and pulled off a great save to deny the youngster his first senior goal.

ECU were well on top, and Amphlett found space on the edge of the penalty area five minutes later, but his shot whistled just wide of the post. The central defensive partnership of Ryan Lowry and Carl Rodgers was solid while Higgins and Guy McDonald were outstanding, and the win was well deserved and next week they take on Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens, Sunday 7pm kick off.

ECU Joondalup v Sorrento – GK Jamie SERRA, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Ronald RIXER, 5 Carl RODGERS, 6 Guy MCDONALD, 8 Andy HIGGINS (14 Ollie ANNIS 85’), 9 Jake BENSON-COOPER, 10 Stuart MONTGOMERY (13 Tommy AMPHLETT 60’), 11 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (12 Harry BASSETT 75’) – Subs: RGK Ashley MAYNARD-BREWER,