Smith bags four as Jacks beat Forrestfield

Smith bags four as Jacks beat Forrestfield

Posted on February 5, 2017 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup continued their build up to the PS4NPLWA with a solid 4-1 win against Forrestfield United at Hartfield Park. Gordon Smith scored all four goals, as he looks to get 100% fit after recovering from a knee injury last season, while Mitchell Crocker scored the goal for Forrestfield.

Midfielder and assistant Coach Steven McGarry said it was a good workout for the new look side and it was good to see Gordon Smith bag four. “Being beaten in the Night Series it was important we got a good test and we were really happy to get this game “They (Forrestfield) are a good up and coming club and play some good football, so it was a good work out, in conditions like this in the first round of the NPL,” he said. “Good to see Goggsy get four, but he could have had eight, and if we were going to be ultra-critical we all need to more clinical in that final third. Not just the finishing but the final ball and the final cross needs to be better.

The Midfielder said the squad is taking shape ahead of the new season and he believes they have brought in some quality players. “We have a strong squad this season, with some players still to come in. It’s the first run out of the season for Shane Pickering, who did well, and he’s a versatile players who can play in a number of positions, while Danny Milne, Ross Millard, and Jack Jones have come in and played well today after not being involved in the Night Series. Like Dale (McCulloch) says it’s a squad game and if you play well you will keep your place, so it’s up to these players to show it week in and week out and give the Coaching staff a few selection headaches ahead of the Derby in the first week of the season.”

It was a bright opening for the Jacks and they were ahead after only five minutes. A poor clearance from Luke Martino went to McGarry, who played in Smith and he lobbed home from the edge of the penalty area. It was nearly two on 20 minutes, a great diagonal ball from Tommy Amphlett sent Daryl Nicol down the left, his shot on the run whistled inches over the top.

The Jacks went to sleep after the drinks break and the home side levelled. Crocker was played in and the former Bayswater City midfielder finished low past Fraser Greenwood. The ECU custodian then saved low to deny Crocker again moments later before new signing Jack Jones’ shot flashed over the top at the other end.

But four minutes before half time the Jacks regained the lead. Nicol burst into the box and was brought down and the referee point to the spot. Smith stepped up and converted the penalty. Forrestfield almost levelled in the final minute, Crocker’s long-range shot was pushed around the post by Greenwood at full stretch.

The Jacks took control after the break, with Forrestfield’s season almost two months away they have only been training for four weeks, and the fitness showed. Amphlett stung the palms of Martino early, and he was again denied by the Forrestfield custodian moments later. It was one way traffic as the Jacks pressed and they added a third on 75 minutes.

Nicol sent triallist Sam Byles down the left and his cross picked out Smith who volleyed home at the back post to complete his hat-trick. It was 4-1 moments later, McGarry’s through ball sent Smith clear, and he beat the offside track, round Martino and rolled the ball home. Martino produced a great save to thwart Amphlett again on 80 minutes, before McGarry’s free kick crashed off the crossbar late.

Match Details

Forrestfield United 1 (Crocker 30′) ECU Joondalup 4 (Smith 10′, 41′ pen, 75′, 76′)

ECU Joondalup – GK Fraser Greenwood, 3 Ross Millard, 4 Shane Pickering, 5 Nathan Diaz, 6 Tommy Amphlett, 7 Steven McGarry, 8 Kevin Moon, 9 Daryl Nicol, 10 Gordon Smith, 11 Danny Milne, 15 Jack Jones – Subs: 6 Ben Johns, 7 Keylun Pollard, 13 Sam Byles

Forrestfield United – GK Luke Martino, 2 Kaan Karacan, 4 Mark Barnett, 6 Fraser Burt, 7 Mitchell Crocker, 8 D. Tough, 10 I .Hart, 11 Liam Merigan, 13 Scott Barker, 21 Wilbert Tshabangu, 23 Rhys Loxley – Subs: 5 S. Yagi, 10 Jordan Hart, 12 Trevor Laure, 14 Ben Rogers, 15 J. Kotio,