Jacks win it late against the Lions

Jacks win it late against the Lions

Posted on July 10, 2016 in 'Reports'

A goal from striker Gordon Smith deep into stoppage time has given ECU Joondalup a thrilling 3-2 win against Stirling Lions at the ECU Football Stadium. 

The home side were cruising after striker Daryl Nicol bagged a brace either side of half time, but David Micevski and David Sesay levelled. It looked like the points would be shared but ECU had other ideas, and Andy Higgins curling free kick was touched home by Smith to give the Jacks the points. The goal was awarded to Higgins after the match but replays showed Smith got the last touch.

ECU opened brightly and they were ahead on 17 minutes. A quick free kick from Steven McGarry caught the Lions napping and Nicol superbly curled the ball over John Perkins from the left hand side of the penalty area. David Micevski continued to be a threat for the Lions and his volley flashed over the top on the half hour but it was the home side who ended the half the better. Perkins was alert to save Gordon Smith’s shot on the run after the Scottish striker had been sent clear by Tommy Amphlett’s through ball but at the break the home side lead.

The Lions should have levelled seven minutes into the second half. The lively Teeboy Kamara raced past three ECU defenders before squaring the ball to Jamie Gibson but with the goal at his mercy the striker failed to hit the target. That miss came back to haunt the visitors three minutes later as the home side doubled their lead. The Lions were convinced they had a penalty after hand ball in the ECU box but their protests were waved away by referee Stuart Muldoon and ECU raced clear. Amphlett sending Nicol in down the right, he held off his marker and finished clinically past Perkins.

The Lions were back in the game two minutes later, when they were awarded a penalty after Kamara was brought down in the box by Ryan Lowry. David Micevski stepped up but Lewis Italiano guessed the right way to save but Micevski was the quickest to react to score the rebound. It was the lifeline the Lions were searching for and four minutes later they levelled. A mix up at the back and ECU failed to clear their lines. The ball fell to Sesay whose shot from the edge of the penalty area flew low past Italiano to level.

It was now the Lions who were dictating terms and Italiano got down well to save David Micevski’s curling shot before the ECU custodian saved low to deny Gibson moments later. But the home side regained the ascendancy and Gordon Smith was sent in on goal by Steven McGarry on 83 minutes but Perkins stood tall to deny him. The home side continued to press and in stoppage time and they won a free kick wide on the right. Higgins’ curling set-piece into the box looked to get a touch of Gordon Smith and flew into the net to seal victory for the home side and set off wild celebrations on the park.

In other games on Saturday Paul Welch’s under 18’s continued their good form with a 5-1 win against Stirling Lions. A double from Ryan Charles and others to Joe Middleton, Neil Gillies and Jacob Jones were the scorers. But Howard Tweet’s under 20’s went down 0-2 to Stirling.

Credentia Construction Man of the Match – Daryl Nicol

ECU Joondalup 3 (Nicol 17’, 55’, Smith 92’) v Stirling Lions 2 (David Micevski 58’, Sesay 62’)

ECU Joondalup: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Rikki SMITH, 4 Steven MCGARRY, 5 Andy HIGGINS, 6 Shane PICKERING (19 Paddy DOYLE 78’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Cian HIRRELL 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 18 Henry DURR – Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 7 Stefan VRANESEVIC, 8 Ollie ANNIS, 16 Keylun POLLARD – Yellow Cards: Amphlett 32’, McGarry 62’

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2 Mathiang MATHIANG, 4 Balmo QUA QUA, 5 Graham DORAN, 6 Brodie MARTIN, 8 David SESAY, 9 Jamie GIBSON (7 Miki VUJACIC 85’), 10 Daniel MICEVSKI (3 Lucas DE LIMA 64’), 11 David MICEVSKI, 15 Shane CASSIDY, 17 Teeboy KAMARA – Subs not used: RGK Connor CAMPBELL, 13 William KESSEL – Yellow Cards: Cassidy 56’

Referee: Stuart Muldoon