Ten man Jacks down to Armadale

Ten man Jacks down to Armadale

Posted on February 27, 2017 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup’s unbeaten run in the PS4NPLWA competition has come to an end after a 2-1 loss to Armadale at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The win ended the Jacks unbeaten run in league games, their last loss was in round ten last season, when they were beaten at Cockburn City.

Jackson Bealey put the visitors in the first half and the Jacks then lost Tommy Amphlett, who was sent off early in the second half and Bealey added his and Armadale’s second.

Gordon Smith pulled one back and they had chances to take a point, but Armadale keeper Michael Cragg pulled off some great saves to keep them at bay.

Head Coach Dale McCulloch was left disappointing after the game and said they need to be better in all aspects of the game.

“Really gutted after that performance, but we need to keep our discipline in games, and when you go down to ten men your backs are against the wall,” he said.

“We ended the game well, but we should have had that desire for the whole match, and that was really disappointed for me and the coaches.

“We had a lot of possession but we really didn’t create a great deal, which is something we’ve done on a regular basis, so I’m looking for a response this week at training and next week against Stirling.”

McCulloch made one change to the side that drew 2-2 at Joondalup United last week, with skipper Jon Higgins returning to the side in place of the injured Kevin Moon.

It was a perfect start for O’Reilly’s men and they were ahead on 12 minutes. Tristan Taylor made space down the right, and he pulled the ball back to Bealey, who lost his marker and made no mistake from eight meters.

ECU looked to hit back and Michael Craggs had to be alert to save Daryl Nicol’s shot, but that was the best the home side could muster, and Armadale almost doubled their advantage in first half stoppage time. English import Jordan Pavett’s free kick picked out Taylor at the back post, but the big defender headed over the top.

The Jacks were out early in the second half, with the Coaches half time address still ringing in their ears, but three minutes in they were reduced to ten men with Amphlett given a second yellow card by Steven Gregory and sent off.

McCulloch shuffled the pack with Shane Pickering being replaced by youngster Keylun Pollard, and despite going down to ten men ECU should have levelled on 70 minutes. A ball over the top picked out Smith, who brought the ball down well, but his shot was saved low by the alert Craggs.

But on 73 minutes Armadale doubled their advantage. Pavett’s corner from the right picked out the unmarked Bealey at the back post who headed past Fraser Greenwood.

The Jacks went for broke and went two up top and moved Ross Millard further up the ground, and the youngsters pace caused problems down the flank, and they started to find holes in the Armadale back four.

They gave themselves a lifeline on 84 minutes when they pulled one back. A superb ball from Steven McGarry picked out Smith who made no mistake, finished clinically past Craggs.

It was the Jacks doing all the pressing now, and the crowd thought they had found the equaliser in stoppage time.

Nicol’s corner was met by Nathan Diaz, whose powerful header was superbly saved by Craggs, to seal the three points for his side.

Credentia Construction Man of the Match – Ross Millard

ECU Joondalup 1 (Smith 84’) v Armadale 2 (Bealey 12’, 73’)

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING (7 Keylun POLLARD 49’), 5 Nathan DIAZ, 6 Jon HIGGINS (C) (8 Declan HUGHES 78’) 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 13 Tommy AMPHLET, 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES, 18 Cian HIRRELL (15 Logan MCISAAC 78’) – Substitutes not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 16 Jayden DRUMMOND – Yellow Cards: Amphlett 28. 48, Hirrell 46, McGarry 55’ - Red Cards: Amphlett 48’

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 3 Jake SARDELIC, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (C), 5 Sam LOVELESS (2 Dylan WHITE 72’), 6 Faustinho MACHOCHI (12 Josh TUMOE 57’), 8 Jordan PAVETT, 9 Kyle KING (17 James ATKINS 72’), 10 Jackson BEALEY, 11 Dannie RICHMAN, 14 Tristan TAYLOR, 16 David ANNALL – Substitutes not used: RGK, Alec RADONICH, 7 Milan OGNJENOVIC – Yellow Cards: Costello 48’, Atkins 88’ – Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Steve Gregory