Smith has Windmills in a spin

Smith has Windmills in a spin

Posted on April 19, 2017 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup avoided a repeat of last season’s loss at the same stage, and have moved into the fifth round of the Westfield FFA Cup after a brace from Gordon Smith, and a Tommy Amphlett bullet gave them a 3-0 win against State League Division Two side Morley Windmills at the ECU Football Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Last season Dale McCulloch’s side were knocked out at the same stage by lower league opponents Dianella White Eagles and the Coach said it was good to get in the hat for the next round.

Click here to listen to the Coaches comments and that of midfielder Declan Hughes

Morley Coach John Castrilli was left to rue a penalty shoot just before half time that could have changed the game. “We finished well in the first half and if the penalty had been awarded it would have been a totally different game,” he said.

“Then we had a goal disallowed late and at 3-2 for the last ten minutes it would have been game on, but it wasn’t to be. I thought we pressed them well and it’s good for our development as we look for promotion from the Second Division.”

The Jacks had the perfect opportunity to take an early lead after Smith was brought down in the penalty area by Matt Dean, and referee Eamon McDonnell pointed to the spot. Smith picked himself up to take the spot kick, but Yousri Gharsallah guessed the right way to save.

Gharsallah kept his side in the game early, making telling saves to deny Smith one-on-one, but there was nothing he could do on 12 minutes when the home side hit the front. Amphlett’s corner was met by Shane Pickering, his header was cleared off the line but Smith was quickest to react to fire home the rebound from close-range.

It was one-way traffic and Gharsallah saved well from Amphlett and Steven McGarry as the home side looked to finish the game off early. The Morley custodian then produced a great double save to thwart Amphlett again on the half hour, and he was up quick to save Sam Pollard’s follow up shot.

Morley ended the half well and they had a strong penalty claim turned down five minutes from half time, when it looked like Logan McIsaac had brought down Yves Mwilla, but the referee was well placed and waved away their protests. Then in stoppage time Boas Mtwale wasn’t closed down on the edge of the penalty area, and his shot flashed over the top.

The home side made the perfect start to the second half and doubled their advantage two minutes in. A short corner from Sam Pollard found Amphlett who cut inside the box and hit a sweet strike into the top corner of the net giving Gharsallah no chance.

The game was put beyond Morley on the hour when ECU added a third. A long throw by keeper Fraser Greenwood sent Smith racing clear, with the Morley players looking for the off-side flag, that never came, Smith held off Connor Llewellyn and finished clinically.

Both sides made late changes and the steam went out of the game, but Morley had the better late chances. Mwilla shot flashed inches wide, before the same player had a goal disallowed late for offside, but it was too little too late.

In other games the Under 18’s beat Melville City 3-1, and a ten man under 23’s beat Melville 2-1 in their game. Ethan Kerridge scored both goals, while James Owen was sent off.

Westfield FFA Cup – Fourth Round (WA)

ECU Joondalup 3 (Smith 13’, 60’) v Morley Windmills 0

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 2 Ben JOHNS, 3 Ross MILLARD (12 Fraser GARNAUT 66’), 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Logan MCISAAC, 8 Declan HUGHES, 9 Danny MILNE (18 Cian HIRRELL 32’), 10 Gordon SMITH (C), 11 Sam POLLARD, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Steven MCGARRY (16 Keylun POLLARD 70’) – Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 15 Stefan VRANESEVIC – Yellow Cards: Hirrell 78

Morley Windmills: GK Yousri GHARSALLAH, 2 Igor NOVAKOVIC, 4 Ryan TREACEY, 5 Connor LLEWELLYN (17 Marc ANTHONY 67), 6 Deng MAWIEN, 7 Yves MWILLA, 10 Dion BERMAN, 11 Boas MTWALE, 13 Alex ADAM (15 David HOUSTON 46), 14 Matt DEAN (3 Scott WRIGHTSON 65), 16 Jan URGELA – Subs not used: 9 Lamin KAMARA, 22 Nicholas FEMIA

Yellow Cards: Nil Referee: Eamon McDonnell