Jacks bounce back to beat Perth

Jacks bounce back to beat Perth

Posted on May 6, 2018 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have bounced back from two heavy defeats, with a morale boosting 1-0 win against Perth SC at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The only goal of the game came early, Gordon Smith finishing off a good move, but it was a battling performance from the Jacks and keeper Johnny Perkins pulled off a couple of great saves to seal the win.

Click here to listen to post-match interviews with club President Steve Wheatley, Josh Whitmore, Gordon Smith and assistant Coach David Tough.

With Head Coach overseas David Tough took his spot in the dug-out and he made five changes to the side that lost to Balcatta in midweek.  In came Steven McGarry, Ross Millard, Shane Cassidy, Tom Hough and Andy Higgins, with Tommy Amphlett and Declan Hughes dropping to the bench, while Sam Pollard was on the bench, after returning from overseas.

We made a perfect start to the game and had the opportunity to open the scoring after only two minutes, when Ross Millard was brought down in the box by Tom King, and referee Tom Glavovic pointing straight to the spot. Nicol stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but he blazed well over the top.

But it didn’t deter the skipper and four minutes later he was involved in the opening goal. He played a neat give and go with Smith, then intelligently rolled the ball into the path of the Jacks striker and Smith finished clinically past Perth keeper Malec Kuc.

We were dictating terms all over the park, winning the 50-50 balls and battling for each other, something that had been missing in recent performances. We lost Lukas De Lima on 21 minutes, the little midfielder had been outstanding but limped off injured, and he was replaced by the returning Pollard.

We had conceded 10 goals in their past two games, but Perth were struggling to break us down, their best chance came on the half hour, Paul Zimarino’s corner was headed over the top by King.

Perth lost skipper Adrian Madaschi at the break with a groin injury, he was replaced at the back by Kieran Colwell, but we had the first opportunity after the break. Tom Hough’s deep cross found Smith, but he headed wide of the target. Perth began to get a foot hold in the game and King fired over after on the hour after ECU failed to clear a corner.

The game was opening up, and Millard’s long-range shot was straight Perth keeper Kuc, before second half substitute Niccolo Sabatini was denied by ECU keeper Perkins. Perth thought they had a penalty of their own fifteen minutes from time, when Gustavo Catarcione fell under a challenge from Perkins, but the referee was well placed to wave away their claims.

Perth pressed late and they thought they had levelled on 83 minutes, substitute Andreas Theodosiades found space down the left and crossed to Richard Howles, whose header looked destined for the bottom corner, but Perkins produced a stunning one-handed save to deny the English striker, one of the saves of the season from the Irish keeper.

Moments later Matthew Milenkovic raced into goal, but again Perkins stood tall to make another important save. We were fighting for survival but we had had eleven warriors out there who were determined to keep the three points. But deep into stoppage time Perth had one final chance to salvage a point. King crossed to Catarcione, but his headed flashed over the top.

The win moved the Jacks back to fourth place on the table, and we look forward to next week’s massive game, when we visit league leaders Bayswater City.

Match Details

ECU Joondalup 1 (Smith 6′) v Perth SC 0

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Cian HIRRELL, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Steven MCGARRY, 5 Shane CASSIDY, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Daryl NICOL (C), 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Andy HIGGINS (13 Tommy AMPHLETT 79’), 12 Tom HOUGH, 16 Lukas DE LIMA (7 Sam POLLARD 21’) (18 Declan HUGHES 74’) – Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 15 Paddy DOYLE – Yellow cards: Pollard 61’

Perth SC: GK Malec KUC, 4 Adrian MADASCHI (C)(16 Kieran COLWELL 56’) 7 Aleks JOVIC (5 Niccolo SABATINI 61’), 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 11 Matthew MILENKOVIC, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 17 Frank FURFARO (3 Andreas THEODOSIADES 68’), 18 Richard HOWLES, 20 Paul ZIMARINO – Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSARELLI, 14 Kristan SANTICH – Yellow cards: King 86’ – Referee: Tom Glavovic