Jacks ease through to FFA Cup fifth round

Jacks ease through to FFA Cup fifth round

Posted on April 3, 2018 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup moved into the fifth round of the Westfield FFA Cup after a 3-1 win against Inglewood United in the Fourth round tie at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Brian Woodall gave the home side the lead early, but Lukas de Lima levelled before the break. Defender Cian Hirrell gave us the lead on the hour before former Inglewood defender Andy Higgins sealed the tie late on.

“Really pleased with the character the guys showed today and delighted with the result,” McCulloch said.

“We were missing some experienced players today with Gordon (Smith), Johnny (Perkins) and Tommy (Amphlett) all missing but the lads that came in were outstanding and it shows the good squad we have at the moment and everyone is pressing for a spot in the starting side.

“Really pleased for Jack Nunn and Cameron Murray, who both made their starting debuts for the club, and it’s great to see Lukas and Cian get on the score sheet.

“We haven’t had a good run in the cup over the years so today is a great start and it continues our good start to the season.”

McCulloch made two changes to the side that beat Cockburn City on Saturday with Jack Nunn and Cameron Murray coming into the side for the Jacks first team starting debuts, with Gordon Smith and Johnny Perkins missing out with injury, although Perkins took his place on the bench.

Both sides were winners on Saturday in the league and it was the home side who opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Kenny Keogh ball into the box found Woodall, who lost his marker and finished well at the near post.

But the Jacks hit back two minutes later. De Lima won possession in the middle of the park and spotted Inglewood keeper Alex Dunn off his line and the midfielder lobbed home superbly from 20-meters.

Both sides had chances late in the first half. First Daryl Nicol’s effort crashed off the post after Adam Tong’s long throw had been flicked. Then in stoppage time Woodall went close to giving the home side the lead, cutting in from the left but his shot flashed inches wide.

The Jacks opened brightly after the break with Nicol and Murray causing Inglewood all sorts of problems, and it wasn’t a surprise on the hour the Jacks hit the front. Nicol’s free kick found the unmarked Hirrell, and the defender fired home his first senior goal for the club to give us the lead.

The tie was settled on 77 minutes, Higgin’s in-swinging corner went straight into the net, with Adam Tong putting pressure on Dunn. The Jacks pressed for a fourth and Nicol raced clear again five minutes later, but Dunn stood tall and saved well at his feet.

At the final whistle it was the Jacks celebrating the win, and another good team performance, with midfielder Declan Hughes, Josh Whitmore outstanding in the middle of the park, while skipper Nicol lead by example again, leading the Jacks into the hat for the next round draw.

In the State League Cup second Round Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s won 4-0 against Mandurah City at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday, with goals from Callum Speed (2), Ethan Brooks and Liam Murray on target. Meanwhile Derek Johnstone’s under 18’s also progressed to the next round after a 3-0 win also against Mandurah City.

Match Details

Inglewood United 1 (Woodall 14’) v ECU Joondalup 3 (Da Lima 16’, Hirrell 59’, Higgins 77’)

Inglewood United: GK Alex Dunn, Rikki Smith (Alex Ishida-Livings 52), Scott Robertson, David Cyrus, Hanafi Ghazali (Miki Vujacic 57), Kenny Keogh, Brian Farrell, Ellis Healing, Ash Rosindale (Jamie Murphy 70), Brian Woodall, Alex Salmon – Yellow cards: Salmon 85’

ECU Joondalup: GK Jack Nunn, Andy Higgins, Cian Hirrell, Shane Cassidy, Adam Tong, Declan Hughes, Josh Whitmore, Lukas De Lima (Steven McGarry79’), Ross Millard (Paddy Doyle 74’), Cameron Murray, Daryl Nicol – Subs not used:  RGK Johnny Perkins, Ryan McDarby, Tom Hough – Yellow Cards: Millard 36’, Murray 56’ – Referee: Julian Serra