ECU let it slip late at Perth

ECU let it slip late at Perth

Posted on February 23, 2015 in 'Reports'

Two late goals has denied ECU Joondalup a share of the spoils, as they were beaten 4-2 by Perth Soccer Club in their Group B NPL Night Series clash at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday evening.

Reece Vittiglia had given the home side the lead, before Callum O’Connell put into his own net under pressure from teenager striker Bayley Brown-Montgomery. Perth hit the front again before the break through Aden Da Luz, but Ryan Lowry gave ECU a well-deserved equaliser on the hour. But late goals to second half substitutes Nick Ambrogio and former ECU striker Carlo Coelho gave Perth the points. “We were sloppy for the goals, we have to be better than that,” said ECU Coach Dale McCulloch. “We really took the game to them in the second half and we were pressing when they hit us on a counter attack for the third. But overall it was a good performance, but we have things to work on and need to cut out our defensive mistakes going forward.”

ECU looked good early, with Danny Dixon looking lively down the flanks. But Perth were always a threat going forward and Vittiglia fired wide after good approach work by Ashley Rosindale early, and the former Sorrento striker blazed wide again moments later, after he was given far too much space in the box. But the ECU defence didn’t learn their lesson on the quarter hour Vittiglia opened the scoring. His quick feet took him clear of two defenders before finishing clinically past Jamie Serra.

But ECU hit back six minutes later with the equaliser. Perth skipper Clark Keltie was dispossessed in middle of the park, and the ball played out to Dixon on the left, his teasing cross caused panic in the Perth defence, and Brown-Montgomery toe poke came off O’Connell, and looped up over Alex Dunn and into the net.  The Goal lifted ECU and Tommy Amphlett shot from the edge of the penalty area flashed wide of the post.

Perth lifted and began to dominate, and Serra produced a number of fine saves to deny the hosts. First on 28 minutes the ECU custodian denied Thomas Southgate, and did even better to save Vittiglia’s snap shot moments later. De Luz should have put the home side in front three minutes later, but he blazed over from close-range. But he made up for his miss on 36 minutes, giving the home side the lead, firing home Rosindale’s cross, to give Serra no chance.

Whatever McCulloch said at the break worked, as ECU began brightly, and Dixon’s long-range free kick was saved by Dunn, before Amphlett’s run and cross, was only inches away from Dixon at the far post. But their early pressure was rewarded when Lowry equalised on the hour. Dixon’s corner was met by the central defender and his volley flew into the net giving Dunn no chance. ECU continued to take the game to Perth with Bayley-Montgomery showing way he is heading for trials with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion next week, while Dixon and Amphlett were also causing the Perth defence all sorts of problems.

But against the run of play the home regained the lead on 79 minutes. Second half substitute Ambrogio was picked out by Vittiglia, and he fired home from close-range. With ECU chasing the game, they were caught out again and Perth added a fourth five minutes later. Josh Wilkins was sent down the right by Da Luz, and former ECU Academy striker Coelho scored from close-range.  Next week ECU take on Armadale at Dalmatinac Park on Sunday, with a 6pm kick off

Perth SC 4 (Vittiglia 15’, Da Luz 36’, Ambrogio 79’, Coelho 84’)

ECU Joondalup 2 (O’Connell og 21’, Lowry 60’)

Sunday 22nd February 2015

Venue: Dorrien Gardens

Referee: Tom Glavovic

Perth SC: GK Alex Dunn, 3 Luka Njegich,  4 Calum O’Connell, 6 Clarke Keltie, 8 Aden Da Luz, 10 Ashley Rosindale (7 Carlo Coelho 75’), 12 Marco Santalucia, 14 Mark Pritchard, 17 Reece Vittiglia, 18 Josh Pereira (16 Nick Ambrogio 67’), 21 Thomas Southgate (11 Josh Wilkins 71’) Subs not used: RGK Dom Savoldelli, 20 Matt Milenkovic

ECU Joondalup: GK Jamie Seera, 2 Ryan Lowry (C), 3 Rowdy Yates, 4 Ronald Rixer (7 Scott Bushby 57’), 5 Carl Rodgers, 6 Connor Ready, 8 Guy McDonald, 9 Jake Benson-Cooper, 11 Bayley Brown-Montgomery (10 Stuart Montgomery 76’), 13 Tommy Amphlett, 14 Danny Dixon – Subs not used: RGK Andy Banks, 12 Harry Bissett, 15 Oliver Annis