Undermanned Jacks well beaten at Cockburn

Undermanned Jacks well beaten at Cockburn

Posted on May 29, 2016 in 'Reports'

With influential players Gordon Smith and Steven McGarry suspended, an undermanned ECU Joondalup have been well beaten 4-0 by Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park in week 10 of the PS4NPLWA.

A first half goal from Ruben Tristao gave the host’s the lead half time, and further goals from Aden Da Luz, Harry O’Brien and Angel Andres, gave the home side the points. “Very disappointed with the performance today. Yes we had a few experienced players missing, but it was an opportunity for other players to step up, but unfortunately it didn’t happen,” Coach Dale McCulloch said. “We did have a very young side out there today, but we never really got going. We had a good spell just before half time, and I thought early in the second half we dominated, but didn’t take our chances. “We need to better than that, we will get back to training Tuesday and work hard and prepare for next week’s game against Inglewood.”

The home side who were on the front foot early, and O’Brien shot was saved low by Lewis Italiano on ten minutes, before the ECU custodian stood tall to deny Da Luz moments later. Cockburn were hurting ECU down the flanks, with O’Brien and Da Luz causing havoc, and Italiano had to be alert again this time saving low at his near post to deny O’Brien on the quarter hour. ECU steadied and Bayley Brown-Montgomery’s shot was deflected wide, and Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich produced a good low save to thwart Brown-Montgomery again on the half hour.

But Cockburn’s first half dominance was rewarded with the lead on 38 minutes. Tristao raced clear, held off his marker and finished with aplomb past Italiano. Both sides had late chances. Joseph Jones headed just wide for the visitors, before O’Brien burst into the area, but Jones got back with a superbly timed late tackle to deny the former Perth Glory Youth midfielder.

The visitors opened the second half well, and Radonich was at full stretch to push over Brown-Montgomery’s cross shot, before Paddy Doyle’s snap shot flashed over the top. It was the best period of the game for the visitors and they went close to the equaliser on 58 minutes. Tommy Amphlett’s cross picked out Bayley-Montgomery at the back post, his header was superbly saved by Radonich. But five minutes later Cockburn doubled their advantage. Da Luz finding space on the right hand side of the penalty area and firing home from a tight angle.

The home side then put their foot on the accelerator and it was 3-0 six minutes later. A long ball sent O’Brien racing clear, he outpaced his marker before finishing clinically past Italiano. ECU had a chance to get back in the game on 80 minutes when keeper Radonich brought down Brown-Montgomery and referee Alex Novatsis pointed to the spot. Doyle stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but Radonich went the right way and saved superbly, it summed up the day Dale McCulloch’s side were having. alt was rubbed in the wounds two minutes from time when Cockburn added a fourth. Andres was brought down in the box by Roland Rixer and the Spaniard picked himself up and sent Italiano the wrong way from the penalty to give Cockburn a comprehensive win.

Defender Joseph Jones was voted the Credentia Construction Man of the Match

Cockburn City 4 (Tristao 37’, Da Luz 63’, O’Brien 69’, Andres 88’) v ECU Joondalup 0

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 3 Josh KUSAR (7 Ali GHOLAMI 35), 4 Euen GRANT (2 Nathan DE ABREU 88), 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Angel ANDRES, 10 David ARAYA, 11 Harry O’BRIEN (14 Liam MURRAY 80), 13 Blake ADAMS, 16 Daniel DOLS, 18 Aden DA LUZ - Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 17 Jesse LAZZARO - Yellow Cards: Dols 67, Radonich 80

ECU Joondalup: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Joseph JONES, 5 Andy HIGGINS, 6 Paddy DOYLE, 7 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 8 Josh TUCKER (16 Ollie ANNIS 65), 11 Keylun POLLARD (9 Johnny HULME 77), 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 15 Cian HIRRELL (12 Roland RIXER 80), 18 Henry DURR - Subs not used: RGK Scott WALLIS, 4 Coire MCGUIGAN - Yellow Cards: Amphlett 28, Rixer 87

Referee: Alex Novatsis