Jacks go down to Armadale in Week 11

Jacks go down to Armadale in Week 11

Posted on June 2, 2019 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have been beaten 2-0 by a ten-man Armadale at the ECU Football Stadium in Week 11 of the NPL WA on Saturday afternoon.

An early own goal from Shane Cassidy wasn’t the start the Jacks were looking for, before keeper Johnny Perkins produced two stunning saves to keep them in the game.

The visitors were reduced to ten-men just before half time with James Harran given a second yellow card. The Jacks laid siege to the Armadale goal after half time but couldn’t find the equaliser and Michael Lawson added a second late on to take all the points for the visitors.

Click here to listen to post-match interviews with defender Andy Higgins and assistant Coach Ross Edwards.

Head coach Dale McCulloch made three changes to the side that lost at Balcatta last week. In came 16-year-old Ben Hinshelwood and defender Nick Koefler, for there NPL shttp://ssistant Coach Ross Edwards.tarting debut, while Tom Hough came into the middle of the park. Bayley Brown-Montgomery and Arran Maplestone dropped to the bench, while Jakub Sklenar was omitted.

With only one point separating the two sides at kick off this was a vital game and it was Armadale who opened the brighter and new signing Uriel Macias’ shot on the run flashed over the top on four minutes.

But two minutes later Armadale did take the lead. Lawson’s free kick took a wicked deflection off the unfortunate Cassidy, wrong footing Perkins and rolling into an empty net.

The goal was a huge blow for the Jacks and Armadale were on the front foot and Perkins produced a stunning reaction save to Macias on the quarter hour. The American losing his marker in the box from Chad Nielson’s cross, but Perkins somehow pushed it around the post.

The Jacks lifted and Josh Whitmore’s long-range shot flashed over the top, but Armadale were dangerous going forward and Perkins produced another stunning point-blank save to deny Harran, before Nielson’s shot on the turn went inches over the top.

But in the final minute of the half the visitors were down to ten men when Armadale defender Harran was shown a second yellow card by referee David Bruce for kicking the ball away and he was sent off.

It was the Jacks dominating early in the second half and Andy Higgins’ powerful shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Sam Hutchings, before the Armadale custodian was alert to tip Billy Quinncroft’s long-range shot over the top.

This was the best period of the game for the Jacks and Tommy Amphlett was next to try his luck, but Hutchings was down well to save. Moments later Ewan Fawcett raced down the right his cross found Whitmore on the edge of the box, but his shot was well blocked byArmadale skipper Nathan Costello.

They went within inches of the equaliser on 73 minutes. Second half substitute Ollie Annis’ curling free kick beat Hutchings, but whistled inches past the far post.

But against the run of play it was Armadale who added a second two minutes later, when Lawson’s free kick beat everyone in the penalty area and ended in the net.With the Jacks pushing men forward looking for a way back in the game, Armadale went close to a third on 85 minutes.

Joshua Cortes raced down the right, he picked out the unmarked Nielson in the box, but his shot was well saved by Perkins, and Macias fired the rebound over the top. Quinncroft went close to a consolation goal in stoppage time, but his header was straight at Hutchings.

In other games the Under 18’s fought back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 with Armadale, with a brace from Conor McKee. The 20’s were comfortable 7-1 winners with Dor Jok scoring five, with others to Jakub Sklenar and own goal.



ECU Joondalup 0 Armadale 2 (O’G-Cassidy 6’, Lawson 75’)

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 3 Nick KOEFLER, 4 Henry DURR (6 Ollie ANNIS 68’), 5 Shane CASSIDY, 7 Ben HINSHELWOOD (16 Charlie KENNA 68’), 8 Josh WHITMORE, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 12 Billy QUINNCROFT, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Ewen FAWCETT, 15 Tom HOUGH (9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 62’) – Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 2 Arran MAPLESTONE – Yellow cards: Hough 12’, Cassidy 61’ – Red cards: Nil
Armadale: GK Sam HUTCHINGS, 2 Josh KUSER, 3 James HARRAN, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 6 Joel SANDERSON, 7 Joshua Cortes, 8 Michael LAWSON, 9 Uriel MACIAS (10 Sam GARCES 86’), 11 Chad NIELSON (22 Ryan HASLETT 88’), 12 Dannie RICHMAN, 13 Blake ADAMS  – Subs not used: RGK Blake HANSELL, 5 Ali NAZARY, 23 Abdul OSMAN – Yellow cards: Adams 30’, Harran 41’, 45’, Richman 54’, Kuser 90+3’ – Red cards: Harran 45’ – Referee: David Bruce