Floreat take the points at the Campus

Floreat take the points at the Campus

Posted on June 8, 2018 in 'Reports'

With one eye on the FFA Cup Semi-final on Monday, the Jacks have put in a disappointing performance and were beaten by Floreat Athena in Week 15 of the NPL-WA at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Floreat skipper Dean Evans gave the home side the lead at the break with a stunning free kick, but Jacks skipper Daryl Nicol leveled with a great free kick of his own. But Floreat won it when the Jacks failed to deal with a cross and Phil Arnold fired home the winner.

“I thought our players definitely had one eye on the cup game, which I’ve been trying to drill out of them all week,” Jacks Head Coach Dale McCulloch said. “You could see what team was desperate to win there.”

The visitors looked up for it from the first whistle and Ludovic Boi’s early shot flashed over the top. The lively midfielder was in again moments later, but keeper Jack Nunn, who replaced Johnny Perkins in goal, stood tall to deny him.

But Nunn could do nothing on the half hour when Floreat hit the front, Evans’ superb free kick nestled in the top corner of the net. Floreat thought they had doubled their lead just before half time, when new signing Robert Petkov fired home, but the flag was up for offside.

The Jacks side needed some inspiration after the break and they found it in skipper Nicol who levelled. His free kick flew past Jason Saldaris to level, taking his tally to 11 for the season.

But Floreat weren’t to be outdone and they won it on 75 minutes. Evans’ corner wasn’t dealt with by the ECU defenders and substitute Arnold poked home the winner.

In other results Derek Johnstone’s under 18’s beat Floreat 6-1 with goals from Daniel McKenzie 2 Dor Jok 2, Harry Blunt, Fraser Dunlop, while Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s also won their game against Floreat 2-0 with goals from Ciaran Salinger and Ben Hinshelwood.

Match Details

ECU Joondalup: GK Jack NUNN, 2 Tom HOUGH, 3 Ross MILLARD, 5 Shane CASSIDY, 6 Brad MCDONALD, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH (17 Ethan BROOKS 76’), 11 Andy HIGGINS, 13 Sam POLLARD, 16 Lukas DE LIMA (7 Cameron MURRAY 45’), 18 Declan HUGHES – Subs not used: RGK George JACKSON, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 12 Ryan MCDARBY

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTA LUCIA, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 6 Jessie FULLER, 9 Robert PETKOV (33 Philip ARNOLD 70’), 10 Calvin WHITNEY, 12 Ahadi ABANDELWA, 13 Hamza HINA (20 Keylun POLLARD 64’), 14 Ludovic BOI (8 Jon STYNES 56’), 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS – Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 11 Dennis GALAN – Referee: Martin Hicks