Ill-discipline costs The Jacks

Ill-discipline costs The Jacks

Posted on May 22, 2016 in 'Reports'

A moment of madness from Scottish striker Gordon Smith has cost ECU Joondalup, as they were beaten 1-0 by last season’s PS4NPLWA Champions Bayswater City at a wet and windy ECU Football Stadium on Saturday.

Smith, who has led the line superbly this season for the side, was shown two yellow cards in quick succession by referee Matthew Southern for back chatting and was sent off in the 31st minute.

It was all downhill from there, with Hayden Doyle converting Jason Mirco’s cross seven minutes later to win it for the visitors.

ECU Joondalup Coach was left to ponder what might have been if they had not been reduced to ten men. “I thought we dominated early, but the sending off certainly changed the game,” he said.

“We changed it up a bit, and I thought we kept them to very few chances, but we have to be more disciplined, because if we had a full side I thought we could have got something today.

“You have to remember we had a very young side out their again, they are all improving with every game, and there was good individual performances, we dug deep when we were under the pump, so I couldn’t have asked anymore of them.”

Jacks skipper Ryan Lowry said he was disappointed with the result, but was really pleased the way the side battled all game. “It was a good performance from the lads today, especially after going down to ten men, and I thought we rallied around each other and put in a decent shift,” he said.

“If Gordy was on the pitch it would have been different story, he is one of our creative players, but it’s just one of them things, it happened and everyone makes mistakes so we move on.

“We take positives from the loss, I thought defensively we were solid, and even with ten men we created chances, so like said we move on, and we look forward to next week’s game at Cockburn.”

The rain clouds were hovering at kick off and both sides went close in the windy conditions. Tommy Amphlett’s low shot was saved by Devon Spence, while Steve Burton fell under a challenge from Lowry in the box, but the referee waved away their penalty claims.

Smith’s long-range shot was then pushed around the post by Spence, but the visitors should have hit the front on 10 minutes. Jason Mirco found space on the left, and his cross found the unmarked Brian Farrell, but his shot from six yards flew over the top.

Spence then came to his sides rescue six minutes later, saving Andy Higgins’ curling free kick low at his post. Higgins’ set pieces were causing problems in the wind, and his in-swinging corner was headed off the line by Jack Jones moments later.

But on 31 minutes the home side were reduced to ten men when Smith was given two yellow card in a matter of seconds, for back chatting referee Matthew Southern. Bayswater made their numerical advantage count seven minutes later. Mirco darted down the right and pulled the ball back to Doyle who made no mistake from 8 yards.

ECU had a chance to level on the stroke of half time. Higgins’ corner again caused havoc in the Bayswater box, Jones again cleared off the line, but Higgins’ return cross got caught in the wind and Spence had to be alert to save on his line.

Both keepers were in the action early in the second half. Lewis Italiano saved well to deny Todd Howarth, before Spence stood tall to deny Amphlett who had raced clear from Steven McGarry’s through ball. Bayswater were finding holes in the ECU defence and Henry Durr got back with a superb last ditch tackle to thwart Mirco on the hour.

ECU were struggling in the final third and It looked only a matter of time before Bayswater doubled their lead, and Italiano was at his best to stop Brian Farrell on a one-on-one. The heavens opened late on and chances were few and far between but the damage had been done early.

In other games on the day Paul Welch’s under 18’s drew 1-1 – Nick Koefler gave the youngsters the lead but Bayswater levelled with the last kick of the match through Julian Alteri. Howard Tweats under 20’s also drew 1-1. Luka Ninkovic gave the visitors the lead at half time but skipper Ryan Malton levelled.

ECU skipper Ryan Lowry was outstanding and was voted the Credentia Construction Man of the Match

ECU Joondalup 0 v Bayswater City 1 (Doyle38′)

ECU Joondalup: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Joseph JONES, 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Andy HIGGINS, 6 Paddy DOYLE (9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 72’), 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Keylun POLLARD, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (8 Ollie ANNIS 76’), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 18 Henry DURR - Subs not used: RGK Scott WALLIS, 7 James OWEN, 15 Coire MCGUIGAN - Yellow Cards: Smith 31, 31, Lowry 40, Pollard 79, McGarry 87 - Red Cards: Smith 31

Bayswater City: GK Devon Spence, 2 Jack JONES, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 7 Hayden DOYLE (14 Lawrence SHURUMA 70’), 10 Jason MIRCO, 12 Steve BURTON (21 David HEAGNEY 62’), 13 Trent KAY (23 Andrija JUKIC 83’), 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie COYNE, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 22 Nathan COSTELLO - Subs not used: RGK Fraser GREENWOOD, 4 David STOKOE - Yellow Cards: Nil

Referee: Matthew Southern