Second half fade out gives Floreat the points

Second half fade out gives Floreat the points

Posted on April 24, 2016 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have been beaten 4-1 by Floreat Athena in the PS4 NPLWA twilight game at the E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday.

A second half fade out has cost ECU Joondalup, as they were beaten 4-1 by Floreat Athena at the E&D Litis Stadium.

Gordon Smith had given the Jacks the lead after only six minutes, and they had other chances to increase their lead, but a second half hat trick from former ECU Joondalup midfielder Jonathan Stynes and another from skipper Ludovic Boi turned the game around.

“Really disappointed with the second performance, we were sloppy and we weren’t at the races,” a disappointed Coach Dale McCulloch said.

“That second half performance is not acceptable, and I seem to be saying it every week, but we have to better than that in this league.

“But if we had taken our chances in the first half it could have been a different story, we were compact and they really didn’t trouble us, but the second half was a different story.”

McCulloch gave a senior debut to 16-year-old defender Stefan Vranesevic and also brought in 19-year-old’s Coire McGuigan and Paddy Doyle, while new keeper Lewis Italiano made his first start for the club.

ECU made a great start and were ahead after only six minutes. Good approach work from Doyle, saw the youngster skip past two Floreat defenders before feeding Smith, and the Scottish striker raced clear and finished clinically past Jason Saldaris.

It was nearly two moments later. A superb cross field ball from Doyle sent Bayley Brown-Montgomery down the left, he skipped past his marker and raced into the penalty area, but his shot flew over the top.

Floreat were almost gifted an equaliser on the quarter hour. A poor back pass let in Phil Arnold, but Italiano was out quick to clear the danger.

Floreat couldn’t get going and almost found themselves two down moments later. A long kick from Italiano sent Smith clear, Jason Saldaris was out quick to clear the danger, but his clearance only found Doyle, whose lob from 20meters hit the post.

The home side did end the half well, Clayton Arnez fired just wide, before Stynes and McMahon saw efforts saved by Italiano.

It was different Floreat side after the break, and they were level two minutes in. A long ball over the top sent Boi clear. He held off Shane Pickering, before rounding Italiano to score.

The game was turned on its head and Floreat scored two more goals in a three minutes spell. First on 53 minutes Arnold sent Arnez down the right and his low cross was turned home by Stynes, before a long ball over the top sent Stynes racing clear and he finished low past Italiano.

ECU Joondalup were shell shocked and were struggling to cope with Boi and Stynes, while McMahon was holding the ball up well and bringing players into the game.

The icing was put on the cake in stoppage time, when Stynes completed his hat trick. A ball across the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the ECU defence and Stynes nipped in before Italiano to score, to wrap a comprehensive win for Floreat Athena.

The Credentia Construction ECU Man of the Match was Paddy Doyle

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 3 Blair GOVAN, 5 Bobby WILSON, 6 Clayton ARNEZ, 8 Jonathan STYNES, 12 Declan HARGREAVES (4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO 87’), 13 Aaron DELANY (11 Dennis GALAN 46’), 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Christopher SALDARIS, 18 Phillip ARNOLD, 19 Lewis MCMAHON – Sub not used: RGK Thomas CHUDY, 17 Spiro DIMITRIOU, 20 Sam KHANKHALILI

ECU Joondalup: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Coire MCGUIGAN, 8 Steven WALMSLEY, 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (6 Ollie ANNIS 77’), 12 Stefan VRANESEVIC (9 Keylun POLLARD 85’), 15 Paddy DOYLE (7 Harley ORR 54’), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 18 Henry DURR – Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT

Referee: Stuart Muldoon