Amphlett at the double for Jacks

Amphlett at the double for Jacks

Posted on August 22, 2020 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup moved into the NPL-WA top six after an entertaining 3-2 win against Gwelup Croatia at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Jacks dominated the first half and led 2-0 at the break with goals from Tommy Amphlett and Danny Hodgson.

Amphlett added a third early in the second half and it looked like they would run away with the game, but Gwelup hit back with goals from Hasani Sinclair and a late one from Shubham Mokala, but it wasn’t enough and the Jacks took the points.

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Jacks Head Coach Kenny Lowe kept the same side that beat Rockingham City last week, while on the bench Luke Bodnar returned from injury.

It was the first ever competitive game between the two sides, and it was an even opening with both going close early. First good work from Andrew Scaldaferro on the left saw him cross to Mokala, whose shot was straight at Johnny Perkins.

Moments later Callum Timmins sent Hodgson in on goal, but the striker fired straight at Connor Campbell. Hodgson was in again on 15 minutes, but his shot flashed the wrong side of the post.

The Jacks lost keeper Perkins on the half hour with an injury, and the skipper was replaced in goal by youngster Joe Pollard, for his second appearance of the season.

Pollard was in the action five minutes later, producing a smart save to deny the lively Mokala. But on 35 minutes it was the Jacks who opened the scoring.

Former Gwelup midfielder Timmins raced forward and played a ball into Amphlett, and his long-range shot bounced in front of Campbell and beat the keeper low to his left to give the Jacks the lead.

Former Perth Glory midfielder Daniel Stynes was a constant threat and he picked out Mokala five minutes later but the striker curled his shot just wide of the upright. But in the third minute of stoppage time the Jacks doubled their advantage.

Amphlett found Hodgson who slipped a neat through ball into the path of Timmins down the left, he raced into the area and crossed to Hodgson, who had continued his run, and the former Gwelup striker bundled the ball home, to send the Jacks into the break with a two-goal lead.

The Jacks made a great start to the second half when they added a third four minutes in. They were given a helping hand when former Jacks defender Ciaran Salinger’s misguided header back to the keeper rolled towards goal.

Campbell did well to scramble the ball off the line, and the keeper did well to save Amphlett’s follow up shot but Amphlett made no mistake second time around firing past the keeper to give the Jacks a three-goal lead.

Gwelup brought on former Perth Glory striker Ndumba Makeche, and they were dangerous going forward and a quick break saw Mokala race clear, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

The visitors found a lifeline on the hour when Stynes sent Mokala racing into the penalty area, and he was adjudged to have been brought down by Shane Cassidy and referee Julian Serra pointed to the spot. It looked a harsh decision but Sinclair sent Pollard the wrong way to score from the resulting penalty.

The goal gave Gwelup a lift and Sam Mitchinson’s low cross was well cleared by Cassidy at the back post, before Mokala’s shot from the edge of the box flashed inches wide.

Gwelup were now on top and the Jacks back four were working overtime to quell them, but the visitors went close to second moments later, Mitchinson crossed from the left and it was inches away from Sinclair at the back post.

It was backs to the wall for the Jacks as Gwelup pressed, and Makeche’s shot on the run was deflected wide, before Pollard produced a smart save to deny Makeche.

The Jacks supporters thought they had a fourth in stoppage time, Harry Evans slipping Bayley Brown-Montgomery in on goal, his shot beat Campbell but it went into the side netting.

Gwelup pulled another one back in the fifth minute of stoppage time, substitute Owen Goodlife crossed from the right and Mokala headed home to set up a tense final couple of minutes.

The visitors had one last chance to take a point, in the seventh minute of stoppage time, but Stynes’ long free kick was well claimed by Pollard in a crowded penalty area, and the referee brought proceedings to an end with the Jacks running out 3-2 winners.

It was a good day all-round for the Jacks with the under 18’s and 20’s also winning. Mark Scanlan’s under 18’s won 1-0 with Sam Murphy on target, while a brace from Dor Jok and another to Connor McKee gave Rob Mohan’s under 20’s a 3-0 win.

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS (RGK Joe POLLARD 31’), 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sami RIAK, 7 Danny HODGSON (9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 74’), 8 Tom HOUGH (17 Harry EVANS 74’), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Ethan BROOKS (18 Luke BODNAR 62’), 12 Callum TIMMINS, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (2 Cian HIRRELL 74’), 16 Shane CASSIDY – Subs not used: Nil

Gwelup Croatia: GK Connor CAMPBELL, 2 Ciaran SALINGER (15 Owen GOODLIFFE 83’), 3 Adam FIELDS, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO (11 Ndumba MAKECHE 53’), 10 Daniel STYNES, 12 Hasani SINCLAIR, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 14 Shubham MOKALA, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 22 Joshua SAMSON, 23 Kian MCGUIGAN (34 Matthew GROSTATE 75’ – Subs not used: RGK Aidan HOLLOWAY, 16 Adam BUCKINGHAM – Referee: Julian Serra