Jacks give Armadale six of the best

Jacks give Armadale six of the best

Posted on September 14, 2020 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have started the NPLWA top-six in style after thrashing Armadale 6-0 at ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Striker Danny Hodgson came back to haunt his former employers netting a hat-trick, while half time substitute Callum Timmins scored a brace with Harry Evans adding the other. (Photos by Debra Massey)

“A great win for the club, and it was nice to score a few goals as well,” the striker said.

“We knew we had to get off to a fast start in the top six, and last time we played them we played the way we wanted to for the first 45 minutes and they couldn’t get near us.

“Unfortunately, in the second half we got into a scrap with them and they ended up winning. This time around we played the way we wanted to for the full 90 and the result speaks for itself.”

Head Coach Kenny Lowe picked the same side that had beaten Balcatta 3-0 last week, meaning Callum Timmins, who was returning from suspension, could only make it to the bench.

Fresh off four wins on the bounce the Jacks were on the front foot early, and defender Luke Bodnar was a constant threat early, and it wasn’t a surprise when they hit the front on 25 minutes.

Sami Riak found Hodgson on the left, he cut inside his marker and curled his effort past Cyril Sharrock and into the corner of the net, the Armadale custodian should have done better.

Armadale went close to an equaliser three minutes before the break. Chad Nilson’s ball deflected for Pieter Jacobsz, but his shot on the run hit the base of the post and away to safety.

The Jacks made a change at the break with Timmins coming on for Ethan Brooks, and they doubled their advantage two minutes in.

Andy Higgins’ corner was only cleared back to the midfielder, and he whipped in a dangerous cross and Evans headed the ball home.

It was the perfect start to the half for Lowe’s side and it got even better two minutes later when they added a third.

Riley Warland’s ball sent Evans clear, and he unselfishly squared the ball to Hodgson, who rolled the ball into an empty net, for a great team goal.

The Jacks were on top and wanted more and it duly arrived on the hour. Ryan Lowry’s ball was headed down by Evans, and Timmins shot beat Sharrock to his left to make it 4-0.

The Jacks faithful were in a happy mood with the score line, and their smiles became wider when they added a fifth.

Sharrock had denied Warland moments earlier, but the Jacks defender was involved with a neat one-two with Bayley Brown-Montgomery on 72 minutes, before racing into the box and crossing to the unmarked Hodgson, who round Sharrock and rolled the ball home to complete his hat-trick.

Hodgson’s reward for his three goals was a spot on the bench next to the coach, he was replaced immediately by Ben Hinshelwood, but received a standing ovation from the Jacks supporters.

To Armadale’s credit they continued to press and Johnny Perkins saved well to deny Ali Nazaray late, and maintain his clean-sheet.

But the icing was put on the cake when the Jacks added a sixth in stoppage time. Riak and Warland combined to send Timmins into the box and he was brought down by Kevin Ashwood, and referee Michal Jasinski pointed straight to the spot.

Timmins picked himself up and sent Sharrock the wrong way to make the final score 6-0.

Jacks Coach Kenny Lowe and Harry Evans were both delighted to get the Top Six underway with a convincing win.

“We’ve played fantastic all year but we’ve worked on a few little things and we’re starting to see the fruition,” Lowe said. “We’ve dominated the game, so I’m really pleased.”

Evans added. “It was a great team performance, we looked dangerous on every attack and solid at the back and we could have scored more goals,” he explained.

“Everyone is buzzing and hopefully this form can continue going into the business end.”

It was a great day all-round for the Jacks with goals from Nyle Weale and skipper Niall Mckeon giving Mark Scanlan’s 18’s a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Armadale.

While a brace from Rene Kisesa and singles to Manase Abandelwa and Dor Jok gave Rob Mahon’s 20’s a 4-2 win.

Match Details

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Luke BODNAR, 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sami RIAK (’), 7 Danny HODGSON (14 Ben HINSHELWOOD 73’), 8 Tom HOUGH (12 Cian HIRRELL 68’), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Ethan BROOKS (12 Callum TIMMINS 46’), 16 Shane CASSIDY (3 Ross MILLARD 46’), 17 Harry EVANS (9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 68’) – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD

Armadale: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 3 Harry QUIGLEY, 5 Ali NAZARY, 6 Robert IRVING, 11 Chad NILSON (7 Joshua CORTES 68’), 14 Sebastian STENQVIST (10 Roberto SOARES 68’), 17 Pat SARA, 18 Kevin ASHWOOD, 20 Pieter JACOBSZ, 21 Filippo GIOFFRE (4 Benn LEWIS 81’), 23 Friday ZICO – Subs not used: RGK Sam HUTCHINGS, 2 Matthew WORTON – Referee: Michal Jasinski