Jacks edged out by Perth SC in Night Series opener

Jacks edged out by Perth SC in Night Series opener

Posted on January 30, 2020 in 'Reports'

In the first game under new Head Coach Kenny Lowe the Jacks were edged out 4-2 by league champions Perth SC in the first group game of the 2020 NPLWA Night Series at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

Keeper Johnny Perkins said there were some positives to take out of the loss. “I think we played some nice football in parts, but our pre-season has been a bit stop/start which showed in the second half with fatigue and decision making,” he said. (Photo by Fotoenzo)

“Overall though there were a lot of positives with how we moved the ball and the likes of Ben (17) and young Denchy (15), who I thought was excellent, playing a large part of the game after Ellis went off injured. It was also Cian’s first game back since rupturing his knee ligaments last year which is a huge plus.

“Now we look forward to getting back on the track with the gaffer and working hard towards next weeks game against Cockburn City.”

The Jacks opened brightly in this one, but they did lose new signing Ellis Healing with injury on 15 minutes, he was replaced by youngster Matthew Dench. Then four minutes later their bright start was rewarded with the lead.

A free kick from the left by Andy Higgins was put to the back post, where youngster Ben Hinshelwood lost his marker to head past Ryan Montgomery to gave the Jacks the lead.

Perth hit back with former Perth Glory striker Yacoub Mustafa levelling, but on the half hour the Jacks regained the lead. Dench’s through ball found Hinshelwood, who chested it down to Tommy Amphlett, who made no mistake, to send the Jacks into the break with the lead.

In their first hit out of the season the Jacks ran out of legs after the break and goals from Paul Zimarino, Jayden Gorman and Sasa Njegic gave Perth the points.

“I thought the first 45 minutes we all adapted well to the new formation that Kenny has brought in and arguably looked the better side,” goalscorer Hinshelwood said. “However, in the second half we faded slightly and with Perth putting on the pressure it was only a matter of time, and a great free kick got them level.

“I fell we showed in the first half especially what we are capable as a team this year, pinning last season’s Champions and I believe if we get some more practise matches under our belt, we are more than capable to challenge the league this year.”

ECU Joondalup side: GK Perkins, Hirrell, Cassidy, Lowry, Koefler (Fawcett), Higgins, Kenna (Durr), Hough, Healing (Dench), Hinshelwood, Amphlett – Subs not used: Quinncroft Rhodes