ECU 20’s start season with a win at Sorrento

ECU 20’s start season with a win at Sorrento

Posted on March 25, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 20’s opened their PS4 NPLWA season with a 2-1 win against Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve.

They were ahead early from a Cian Hirrell penalty but Sorrento levelled before the break. Both sides had chances in the second half, with Jacks keeper Scott Wallis producing some great saves. But the winner came two minutes from time, Shane Pickering on target. (Right – Pickering celebrating the winner))

New Coach Howard Tweats was happy with the first up win. “We came here with a game plan, and the first half we executed it well. We lost a little bit of shape in the second half and they had a purple patch, but we rallied and got the winner near the end,” he said.

“Scott (Wallis) made some crucial saves in the second half for to keep us in the game but we’re happy, it’s always nice to start the season off with a win, and a local derby. I didn’t know how important the game was until I got to the ground.

“It’s a new look squad, and the more we play together the better we will be, but it was a local derby and sometimes football goes out the window, but it the result on Monday morning is all that counts.”

The under 18’s were beaten 2-1 by Sorrento in the early game, the Jacks goal coming from Thomas Hough deflected shot. “Yes it was a disappointing loss,” Coach Paul Welch said. “We lost Samuel Fitzsimmons early with a nasty ankle injury, and conceded the first goal as we tried to get the sub on. Thomas got us back in the game and we controlled the second half but their winner was controversial, keeper Jamie McGough was convinced the ball didn’t cross the line.”