Jacks crash out of FFA Cup at first hurdle

Jacks crash out of FFA Cup at first hurdle

Posted on March 28, 2016 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup’s Westfield FFA Cup campaign came to a grinding Holt in the fourth round after they were beaten 1-0 by Division One side Dianella White Eagles at the ECU Football Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Jacks dominated possession hitting the post twice and smashing the crossbar once, but they couldn’t find a way past a well organised Dianella side.  The only goal of the game penalty after 11 minutes, Joshua Tumoe fell under a Joseph Jones challenge and referee Matthew Southern pointed to the spot. Nicola Gazzola converted the spot kick to give them the tie.

Coach Dale McCulloch wasn’t a happy man after the game and said there wasn’t enough quality on show and some players didn’t want to be there today. “Really disappointed with that performance, especially after the good win on Saturday in the league,” he said. “I’ve just told the players my thoughts and I told them it wasn’t good enough. Yes we dominated possession but we just looked flat and that really is disappointing. Some of them looked like they didn’t want to be playing today and that really annoys me. Yes we had to back up from Saturday, but that’s no excuse, when they put that ECU shirt on they need to give it their all, unfortunately some didn’t today.”

McCulloch made three changes to the side that beat Armadale in the League with Jack Oldham, Andy Higgins and Ollie Annis coming into the side. It was perfect day for football and Dianella opened brightly and Kaya Duri’s long range shot flashed wide of the upright early. But on 11 minutes the visitors hit the front. There didn’t seem much contact when Jones and Amphlett challenged Tumoe, but the lively winger fell and the spot kick was awarded, and Gazzola sent David Keenan the wrong way from the spot.

ECU pressed forward but lacked the final ball in the final third, much to the displeasure of McCulloch on the sidelines. Dianella went close to a second on the quarter hour, Yoann Claudot’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area whistled inches past the post. Gordon Smith shot on the turn flashed wide and Steven McGarry flick was the wrong side of the post.

It was one-way traffic now, but Dianella were defending well, and Coach Mauro Marchione had his side well-organised. ECU looked dangerous from set-pieces, and Jones header was well saved by Francesco Capra. ECU then lost McGarry due to injury, and he was replaced by Josh Booysen. The home side continued to have plenty of possession but didn’t create any good chances and they went to the sheds 0-1 down.

The Jacks went close early in the second half. Amphlett was bundled over just outside the box, and Higgins’ free kick clipped the post. Moments later, Smith free kick hit the other post, and it looked like it wasn’t going to be their day. Dianella were hitting well on the counter attack well and Kaya Duri’s volley flashed inches wide, this after the midfielder free kick was well saved by Keenan.

ECU continued to throw everything at the Eagles, but they couldn’t find a way through. Amphlett’s shot from eight-yards was cleared off the line, before Capra produced a stunning save to deny Shane Pickering’s overhead kick. There were eight minutes of stoppage time and Higgins saw his free kick beat Capra, but it crashed off the crossbar and cleared, before Boosyen headed over in the final minute. It wasn’t to be and it’s Dianella moving through to the fifth round.

Match Details:

ECU Joondalup 0 v Dianella White Eagles 1 (Gazzola 11’ pen)

ECU Joondalup: GK David Keenan, 2 Ryan Lowry, 3 Joseph Jones, 5 Jack Oldham, 8 Steven Walmsley (4 Shane Pickering 72’), 9 Oliver Annis (17 Bayley Brown-Montgomery 59’), 10 Gordon Smith, 13 Tommy Amphlett, 14 Steven McGarry (11 Josh Booysen 35’), 15 Andy Higgins, 18 Henry Durr – Subs not used: RGK Todd Hoyle, 7 Harley Orr – Yellow Cards: Lowry 14’, Higgins 51’, Durr 83’, Pickering 95’

Dianella White Eagles: GK Francesco Capra, 2 Branimir Dragovic, 3 Joshua Tumoe (7 Haile Goshimed 72’), 4 Luca Borsato, 5 Yann Castrec, 8 Dejan Stojanovic, 9 Yoann Claudot, 10 Nicola Gazzola, 11 Jose Zuniga Bohilla, 12 Kaya Duri, 14 Aleksander Miladinovic – Subs not Used:  Nil – Yellow Cards: Miladinovic 45+2’, Borsato 45+2’, Castrec 49’, Tumoe 66’, Duri 73’, Claudot

Referee: Matthew Southern