Bad day at the office as the Jacks hit for six

Bad day at the office as the Jacks hit for six

Posted on May 1, 2016 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup produced their worst performance of the PS4 NPLWA season after a 2-6 loss against Balcatta at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors raced to a two-goal lead through Conor Kavanagh and Feisal Zaw, before Steven McGarry pulled one back for the Jacks. But Allan Carroll gave Balcatta a 3-1 lead at the break. Further second half goals to Zaw, Anthony Bafobusha and Cameron Teece was just rewards for the rampant Balcatta, while McGarry bagged his second for the host.

Post-match assistant Coach David Tough was at a loss to explain the poor performance. “It was a really bad day at the office for us today, we’re all very disappointed,” he said. “We didn’t show up at all today, the last few weeks we’ve been beaten, but you could see in these games we had long spells of domination and were the better side, today we didn’t, and we all take responsibility but we have to move on and put this performance behind us.”

Balcatta hurt ECU down the flanks and the teenager defenders Stefan Vranesevic and Coire McGuigan were overrun at times, but Tough said they were not to blame. “They did their homework and tested us down the flanks and the young lads did ever so well, but in the end were overrun by a good Balcatta side,” he said.

“The pair will learn from the experience and to be honest both lads had good games, we as a team needed to stop them getting the balls into good areas, and we didn’t.

“Our game plan is possession football, and today we didn’t retain the ball good enough and kept turning it over, and to be fair we’ve been good at that in recent weeks.

“But today they (Balcatta) played their system well, we tried to match up on them in the second half, but they were too good for us today.”

“You could see Marc (Anthony) had them all pumped for today’s game, after we beat them heavily in the Night Series, and they wanted it more than we did, but like I said we’ll take this defeat on the chin and move on.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch made two changes to the side that lost to Floreat Athena last week with Joseph Jones and Josh Tucker coming into the starting line up with Bayley Brown-Montgomery and Shane Pickering dropping to the bench.

Things looked good early and The Jacks opened brightly and Steven McGarry was picked out by Gordon Smith early but his shot was saved by Clint Davies, before McGarry’s cross shot dipped just over the top.

But that was as good as it got for the Jacks and the visitors hit the front on 12 minutes. Zelfy Nazary raced clear down the left and pulled the ball back to Kavanagh whose shot went under the body of Joondalup keeper Lewis Italiano and into the net.

Joondalup defender Joseph Jones then saw his header crash off the post on the half hour, but sixty seconds later Balcatta doubled their lead. A deep cross from Hanafi Ghazali was headed home at the back post by Zaw.

But two minutes later the Jacks were back in the game. Smith was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and McGarry’s resulting free kick was deflected off the wall and past Davies.

The home side were back in the game and pressed looking for the equaliser, but on the stroke of half time Balcatta regained their two-goal advantage. Nazary’s corner picked out an unmarked Carrol, whose glancing header flew into the net.

With the Coaches address still ringing in their ears the Jacks needed a good start to the second half to get back in the game, but they found themselves further behind five minutes in. Zaw held off his marker at the back post to fire low past Italiano.

Joondalup reduced the margin again three minutes later, McGarry curling home another superb free kick, but Balcatta were rampant and added two more.

First Bafobusha was quickest to react after Nazary’s shot was well saved by Italiano, to fire home from 8m, before a poor back pass allowed second half substitute Teece to nip in ahead of Italiano to add the sixth.

The visitors had other chances to increase their lead. Jonathon Corness’ long-range shot flashed wide of the target, before Keiron Colwell’s shot crashed off the post.

Steven McGarry was outstanding for the Jacks and won the Credentia Construction ‘Man of the Match’

Match Details

ECU Joondalup 2 (McGarry 33mins, 53) -v- Balcatta 6 (Kavanagh 12mins, Zaw 31, 50, Carroll 44, Bafabusha 61, Teece 66)

ECU Joondalup: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Joseph JONES, 5 Coire MCGUIGAN, 6 Stefan VRANESEVIC, 8 Steven WALMSLEY (16 Ollie ANNIS 87), 9 Paddy DOYLE (7 Harley ORR 85) 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Josh TUCKER (15 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 46), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 18 Henry DURR – Subs not used: RGK Scott WALLIS, 4 Shane PICKERING – Yellow Cards: Walmsley 73

Balcatta: GK Clint DAVIES, 2 Hanafi GHAZALI, 3 Kieron STALLARD, 5 Conor KAVANAGH, 6 John CORNESS, 10 Zelfy NAZARY, 11 Feisal ZAW (14 Parvis SHIRZADI 80), 15. Anthony BAFABUSHA (9 Kyle MURRAY 81), 17 Keiron COLWELL, 19 Alan CARROL, 23 Gomo DUKULY (13 Cameron TEECE 62) – Subs not used: RGK Adrian VACCA, 16 Carmelo GIUFFRE – Yellow Cards: Stallard 73

Referee: Michal Jasinski