Jacks hit back to beat Inglewood

Jacks hit back to beat Inglewood

Posted on March 12, 2017 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup produced a fantastic second half fightback to beat Inglewood United 3-2 at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t the start Dale McCulloch’s side were looking for as Inglewood raced into a two goal lead with goals from Ashley Rosindale and Alex Salmon. Midfielder Shane Pickering pulled on back for the Jacks five minutes before half time, before a couple of superbly taken goals from Daryl Nicol won all three points.

Click here to listen to post-match interviews with Daryl Nicol and Dale McCulloch

McCulloch was forced into one change to the side that lost to Armadale the last time out, with Danny Milne coming in for his ECU debut, to replace the suspended Tommy Amphlett.

There was a somber moments before kick off as the players, coaches and supporters stood as one for a minute of applause for the passing of Shaun Donohue. The 61-year-old was a Director of the clubs Major Sponsor Credentia, who sadly passed away last week.

Inglewood arrived at the Campus undefeated this season, and they were on the board after only eight minutes. A quick break down the right by teenage defender Alex Ishida-Livings ended with an inch-perfect cross to Rosindale, who headed past Fraser Greenwood to give them the lead.

The home side looked for an instant response and Gordon Smith headed inches wide of the target, before Alex Dunn produced a good save to deny Nicol’s curling shot moments later. But on 16 minutes Inglewood doubled their lead from a set-piece. A corner was flicked on and Salmon lost his marker at the back post to head past Greenwood.

The Jacks were struggling and Inglewood should have had a third on 39 minutes, Brian Woodall and Rosindale combined down the right before Salmon blazed over the top when well placed. But that miss came back to haunt Inglewood as sixty seconds later the Jacks pulled one back. Nicol found space down the right and eased past his marker before cutting the ball back from the bye-line and Pickering rose highest at the back post to head powerfully home.

They suffered a blow on the stroke of half time with Smith dislocating his shoulder, but with the help of  Jacks physio Regan Arrigoni popped it back in and the Scottish striker played on.

The Jacks rode their luck early in the second half and they had keeper Greenwood to thank for keeping them in the game. Woodall made a great run down the right, and he found Salmon in the penalty area, but his shot was superbly saved by Greenwood low at his near post.

The visitors were pressing, but the back four led superbly by Nathan Diaz and Ross Millard kept them at bay. Nicol was causing havoc down the left, and he was denied by Dunn on the hour, before the Inglewood custodian saved low to thwart Smith moments later.

The Jacks began to take control of the game, and their pressure was rewarded as they levelled on 75 minutes. A ball over the top sent Nicol racing down the left, he outpaced his marker, before finishing clinically past Dunn.

Both sides had chances with the points still up for grabs. Inglewood substitute Mark Pritchard’s long-range shot was straight at Greenwood, before Smith fired wide for the home side.

But the points, and the first win of 2017, were wrapped up ten minutes from time. A quick break ended with Smith, who cleverly played in Nicol down the left, again his pace took him clear, and he finished with aplomb.

Inglewood pressed late looking for the equaliser, but the Jacks defended superbly, and Woodall was denied by a great last ditch tackle for Jack Jones.

The win moves the Jacks up to eighth on the PS4NPLWA table, and next week they are on the road when they travel to the E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday evening to take on Floreat Athena (7PM kick off)

Credentia Man of the Match – Daryl Nicol

Match Details

ECU Joondalup 3 (Pickering 40′, Nicol 75′, 80′ v Inglewood United 2 (Rosindale 8′, Salmon 16′)

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Nathan DIAZ, 6 Jon HIGGINS (8 Declan HUGHES 81), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH (2 Keylun POLLARD 90), 11 Danny MILNE (7 Jayden DRUMMOND 68), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES, 16 Cian HIRRELL – Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 15 Logan MCISAAC – Yellow cards: Hirrell 58, Smith 67,

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Adam TONG (C), 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 10 Ashley ROSINDALE (14 Mark PRITCHARD 68), 11 John MIGAS, 15 Brian FARRELL (7 Kenny KEOGH 78), 17 Tim ROBERTSON (16 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS 68), 23 Brian WOODALL – Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 18 Jason COLLI – Yellow cards: Migas 44, Keogh 92 – Referee: Matthew Southern