Jacks let it slip late in the Derby

Jacks let it slip late in the Derby

Posted on February 20, 2017 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have started their PS4NPLWA season with a 2-2 draw in the local derby against Joondalup United at Percy Doyle Reserve. But it could have been better, with United scoring a last minute penalty to share the spoils.

Ross Millard  scored the opener on his debut for the club, but Joondalup striker Richard Howles levelled before the break. It looked like Tommy Amphlett had won for the Jacks, but Matt Sparrow had the final word converting a stoppage time leveller. (Photo: The Jacks celebrate Millard’s opener)

“I’m not happy, we need to but games to bed and we didn’t tonight,” Jacks Coach Dale McCulloch said. “We didn’t play our brand of football tonight and I think we got caught up in the Derby hype, and it’s two points lost for us, but we’ll hit the track again this week and get it out of our minds – quickly.”

“We scored a couple of good goals, but really we should have been two or three up, but we failed to convert and we have to rectify that.

“Really disappointed to concede late, but we thought it was a push on Ross (Millard) but we let them in in and really we have to be better in them scenario’s, but as long we learn from it.

“We had the ball in good areas, but you have to make it pay, we didn’t tonight and they huffed and puffed and got something from the game.”

The coach was pleased with the young players who were making their NPL debut for the club. “I was really pleased with the new lads tonight, Jack (Jones) and Ross were good for us tonight, and there standing really strong for young lads,” he said.

“Ross even had his say in the rooms after the game, and it shows what a leader he is and that’s why we put in our leaders group this season, he’s good lad and has good future in the game.

“I also thought Sam (Pollard) was excellent for us when he came on for Kevin (Moon). It’s hard to come on at that time of the game but he did really well and I thought that was his best game for us.”

It was a typical derby early with some tasty tackles, with both sides looking to get the opener Daryl Nicol saw his shot flash wide early, but on the quarter hour they did take the lead.

Nicol’s free kick was saved low by Joondalup keeper James Bosdet, but the rebound fell to Millard, and new defender made mistake at the back post.

The Jacks had a penalty shoot turned down by referee Josh Mannella on the half hour, after Nicol was brought down in the box, but five minutes later the home side levelled.

With Kevin Moon off the park receiving treatment a long throw from Joel Ledsham was flicked on to Howles, and the big striker finished with aplomb past Fraser Greenwood.

The home side were on top late in the half, former Jacks Josh Booysen saw his shot flash wide, before Arran Maplestone crossed to Joe Stocker, who headed over the top.

Joondalup continued to press early in the second half, but were undone by a quick ECU counter attack nine minutes in. Skipper Gordon Smith sent Nicol in on goal, he rounded Bosdet, but his shot was offline, but Amphlett picked up the crumbs and fired home from a tight angle.

Despite going behind Joondalup continued to push forward Howles crossed to second half substitute Mike Kenny, but Jack Jones got back with a superb last-ditch tackle to deny him.

With Joondalup pushing men forward looking for the equaliser, ECU started picking them off and should have added a third. First Smith fired inches wide after great work by Nicol, before Bosdet produced a stunning save to deny Smith again moments later. The Scottish striker cut inside two Joondalup defenders but his shot was superbly saved by the Joondalup custodian.

That save became more important as Joondalup levelled two minutes into injury time. A long ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and Howles fell under the challenge of Greenwood and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Sparrow kept his nerve and sent Greenwood the wrong way from the resulting penalty to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Credentia Construction – Man of the Match – Ross Millard

Joondalup United 2 (Howles 35′, Sparrow 90+2’ pen) v ECU Joondalup 2 (Millard 15′, Amphlett 54’)

Sunday February 19 – Percy Doyle Reserve

Joondalup United – GK James BOSDET, 2 Joel LEDSHAM (54 Robert BAIN 90’), 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE, 5 Joe STOCKER, 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES, 11 Josh BOOYSEN (10 Alex WILD 61’), 16 Ross EDWARDS, 23 Jay MARSDEN (19 Mike KENNY 75’) – Subs not Used – RGK Jack NUNN, 17 Luke SERRA – Yellow Cards – Booysen 3’, Yates 10’, Sparrow 28’, Howles 72’

ECU Joondalup – GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Nathan DIAZ, 8 Kevin MOON (19 Sam POLLARD 35’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 13 Tommy AMPHLET (T7 Jayden DRUMMOND 82’), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES, 18 Cian HIRRELL – Subs not Used – RGK Todd HOYLE, 6 James OWEN, 11 Ben JOHNS - Yellow Cards – Smith 89’ - Referee – Josh Mannella