Jacks beat Sorrento in local derby

Jacks beat Sorrento in local derby

Posted on June 11, 2016 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have taken out bragging rights after beating Sorrento 3-0 in the Northern derby at the ECU Joondalup Stadium.

It was the first home win for ECU against their near neighbours since round 23 in 2011, with Gordon Smith bagging a brace and Tommy Amphlett adding the other. New signing Rikki Smith said it was a good all-round team display. “It was a great team performance from the lads today, a good three points and a clean sheet as well,” he said. “It was the sort of game I like, to roll up my sleeves and get stuck into it, and I think defensively we were strong today, but like I said a real team effort.”

Coach Dale McCulloch said it was good all-round team performance, and they were determined to kick on from last week’s win. “It was a real good team performance from the whole squad today, even the players coming off the bench were good, which is pleasing, and it keeps the momentum we gained from last week’s win against Inglewood,” he said. “We made four changes to the side this week, and we’re only going to get better as a team, so we told to the players after the game that’s the standard they have set and we want to continue it.”

McCulloch gave debuts to three new players and said they performed well, but praised a solid defensive display.  “With new players it sometimes takes time to gel, but it shows the quality we’ve brought in, and they have fitted into the system so well,” he said.    “We defended well as Sorrento are dangerous from set-pieces but I thought we limited them to few chances and the back five were outstanding today.”

Jayden Drummond played his first game in the NPL, after signing from Kingsley in the Consolidated Energy Amateur League, and he said it was good start to his career at the club. “It was good to get my first 90 minutes in the NPL under my belt, but it’s more important we got the win and keep the momentum going,” he said. “I was bit nervous at the start, but once the game got going I just got on with it and was happy to put a good shift in.”

The visitors went close to the opener after only four minutes, a corner wasn’t dealt with by ECU and the ball fell to Brad McDonald on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was superbly saved low to his left by Lewis Italiano. Gordon Smith had a perfect opportunity to level on 18 minutes, when he was sent clear by new signing Kevin Moon, he rounded the keeper but took the ball too wide and the chance was gone.

But 11 minutes into the second half the home side found the break through. Moon and Gordon Smith combined to free Amphlett, who finished well past James Morgan. It was 2-0 moments later, Andy Higgins’ corner picked out the unmarked Gordon Smith who headed home from close-range. Sorrento were struggling in the final third, but should have pulled one back on 77 minutes.

Steven McDonald’s header back across goal found Sean Canham, but with the goal at his mercy the big striker blazed over.  With Sorrento pressing forward ECU were finding holes at the back. Gordon Smith volleyed over, before Shane Pickering fired inches wide from Paddy Doyle’s cross.

Then in stoppage time ECU added a third, when Steven McDonald brought down Gordon Smith, and the Scottish striker picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty.

Credentia Construction Man of the Match – Jayden Drummond

Match Details

ECU Joondalup 3 (Amphlett 56mins, Smith 58, 93 Pen) v Sorrento 0

ECU Joondalup: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Rikki SMITH, 4 Steven MCGARRY, 5 Andy HIGGINS, 8 Jon HIGGINS (15 Cian HIRRELL 53’), 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Jayden DRUMMOND, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (12 Paddy DOYLE 85’), 18 Henry DURR, 19 Kevin MOON (6 Shane PICKERING 71’) – Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 9 James OWEN – Yellow Cards: Drummond 61’

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 5 Billy QUINNCROFT (21 Jordan DODD 71’), 7 Alex MORGAN, 8 Ryan PEARSON, 9 Sean CANHAM, 11 Tim HILL (27 Brody KENNEDY 80’), 13 Steven MCDONALD, 16 Niccolo SABATINI, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 18 Jordan BROWN, 20 Brad MCDONALD (10 Scott BULLOCH 71’) – Subs not used: RGK Brynn HINDLEY, 29 Razack GELOO – Yellow Cards: Pearson 43’

Referee: Steven Gregory