Reiners bags the winner as Jacks beat Cockburn

Reiners bags the winner as Jacks beat Cockburn

Posted on June 30, 2019 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have won back-to-back games for the first time this season after a hard fought 2-1 win against Cockburn City in their Week 14 NPL WA game at the ECU Football Stadium.

Bayley Brown-Montgomery gave the Jacks the lead at the break, before Hasani Sinclair levelled from the spot early in the second half for Cockburn. It looked like the points would be shared but former Perth Glory striker Jamal Reiners converted a late penalty to seal the win for the Jacks.

Click here to listen to post-match interviews with defenders Ewan Fawcett and Billy Quinncroft.

Jacks Coach Dale McCulloch picked the same side that beat Sorrento last time out, and right on cue as the whistle blew the rain started falling.

It was a lively opening and the Jacks went close after five minutes. Ollie Annis’ run ended with Brown-Montgomery, and his snap shot flashed wide. Moments later Ryan Pratt was denied by Johnny Perkins, and the Jacks custodian was out bravely to save at the feet of Sinclair.

The rain made it difficult for both sets of players, but on 26 minutes it was the Jacks who hit the front. Josh Whitmore made space down the right and pulled the ball back to Brown-Montgomery who made no mistake from six meters.

The Jacks went close to a second on 35 minutes, Annis finding Reiners 20 meters from goal, and his shot on the turn was deflected just wide of the target by Cockburn defender Hayden Stevens.

They went even closer just before half time home side went close to a second before half time with Ollie Annis’ curling effort beating Luke Radonich but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Cockburn keeper.

Cockburn were on the front foot after half time and Jesse Lazzaro shot was well saved by Perkins, and their early dominance was rewarded on 55 minutes with the equaliser.

The lively Sinclair was brought down by Perkins and referee Steven Gregory pointed straight to the spot, and Sinclair picked himself up and sent Perkins the wrong way to level.

But the goal seemed to lift the the Jacks and Higgins’ in-swinging corner was cleared off the line, before Billy Quinncroft fired wide. The lively Annis then saw a volley fly the wrong side of the upright, after being picked out by Ronald Rixer.

The Jacks could sense a goal and Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich then produced a great reaction save to deny a deflected Ronald Rixer shot.

Cockburn were also dangerous going forward on the counter attack with Sinclair and Daniel Robinson a constant threat, but it looked like the points would be shared. Then three minutes from time the Jacks found the winner.

Shane Cassidy’s header forward found Brown-Montgomery inside the box, and the striker fell under a challenge from Julian Teles and the referee pointed straight to the spot.

It looked a little harsh, but there was contact, and Reiners held his nerve and stepped up and buried the penalty into the top corner to seal the win.

It was a great day all-round for the Jacks against Cockburn. First the under 18’s ran out 5-1 winners with goals from Jacob Turner, Harry Blunt, Evan Gurney, Presley Etto and Oscar Malfiour to maintain fifth spot on the table.

The under 20’s had to come from behind to win 4-3 in the top of the table clash. Goals from Fraser Dunlop, Callum Speed, James Bruce and the winner coming from Harry Edwards late in the game. The win moving them to second place on the table.

ECU Joondalup 2 (Brown-Montgomery 26′, Reiners 87′ pen) Cockburn City 1 (Sinclair 55′ pen)

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS (c), 2 Nicholas KOEFLER, 4 Henry DURR (3 Ronald RIXER 78), 5 Shane CASSIDY, 6 Ollie ANNIS, 7 Jamal REINERS, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (16 Charlie KENNA 89), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 12 Billy QUINNCROFT, 14 Ewan FAWCETT – Subs not used: RGK George JACKSON, 11 Lukas DE LIMA, 15 Tom HOUGH
Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 3 Daniel DOLS, 5 Julian TELES, 6 Reuben TRISTAO (c), 12 Ryan PRATT, 14 Hayden STEVENS, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 16 Daniel ROBINSON, 18 Adam ANFUSO, 19 Hasani SINCLAIR, 21 Jesse LAZZARO (20 Ashley ROSINDALE 86) – Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH, 2 Christopher THACKRAY, 25 Michael LOWRY – Referee: Steven Gregory