Jacks season over after loss against Perth

Jacks season over after loss against Perth

Posted on October 9, 2020 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup SC successful season has come to an end after a hard fought 1-3 extra time loss against Perth SC in the Finals Series Semi-final at Percy Doyle Reserve on Wednesday evening.

Gustavo Catarcione gave the visitors the lead early, but Andy Higgins levelled on the half hour. The sides couldn’t be split in normal time, but goals from Michael Domfeh (a stunner) and Jackson Morgan in extra time gave Perth the win and takes them into Sunday’s Grand Final against Floreat Athena, who beat Cockburn City in the other semi-final. (Photos by Debra Massey)

“Congratulations to Perth, Ramon and his team,” Lowe said post-match. “They had a game plan to stifle us it worked for them, fair play. Great learning experience for us guys

“We tried to play our brand of football, just before Perth’s second a wonder goal I thought we were on top and only going to be one winner.

“Shows what I know. The lads gave it their all and left everything out on the pitch, and that’s all we could have asked of them.

“We’ve had a great season, and we should be really proud of that. For the club to win the league and play some amazingly good football along the way, is encouraging, and we look forward to next season.”

The rain was coming down sideways at Windy Hill, but it was the host who opened the brighter and they were ahead after only ten minutes. Sasa Njegic won possession on the left and slide the ball across to Catarcione who made no mistake from close-range.

The Jacks hit back and they were level just before the half hour. Tom Hough won the ball in the middle of the park and found Danny Hodgson. He picked out Higgins on the edge of the box, and he took one touch before curling home giving Ryan Montgomery no chance.

Then on the half hour Hodgson’s curling free kick flashed inches wide of the post. Moments later Luke Bodnar sent Ethan Brooks down the right, his low cross in the box was cleared with Harry Evans ready to pounce.

The Jacks continued to press and Riley Warland’s ball into the box found Evans, his effort was straight at Perth keeper Montgomery.

The Champions went close to the lead in the shadows of half time, the lively Brooks’ shot was well saved by Montgomery, and the keeper reacted well to clear the rebound off the line, before Sami Riak’s curling effort was well saved by the Perth custodian.

Perth went close themselves in stoppage time, Morgan sending Alex Silla in on goal, but his effort drifted wide. Despite dominating possession for large periods and having five shots on target to one, the Jacks couldn’t break down a solid Perth backline.

Higgins’ curling free kick was deflected inches past the post, after the break, before Callum Timmins’ volley flew over the top.

Moments later a quick free kick by Higgins, caught Perth napping, but Hodgson’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was pushed around the post by the alert Montgomery. But it was still 1-1 at full time, and we went to extra time.

It was Perth who regained the lead on 105th minute, and what a goal it was.  After collecting a Jordan De Leo throw, former Perth Glory Youth striker Domfeh turned, chipped the ball over his marker and rifled home a vicious volley which gave keeper Johnny Perkins no chance.

ECU pushed players forward looking for the equaliser, and they were caught out at the back again late with Perth wrapping up the game with a third, Morgan’s powerful shot sealing the win.

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Luke BODNAR, 4 Riley WARLAND, 6 Sami RIAK, 7 Danny HODGSON, 8 Tom HOUGH, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Ethan BROOKS, 12 Callum TIMMINS, 16 Shane CASSIDY, 17 Harry EVANS Subs: RGK Joe POLLARD, 14 Ben HINSHELWOOD, 9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 15 Luke RHODES, Luke DAVIS

Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Jordan DE LEO, 6 Nic MACDONALD, 7 Aleks JOVIC, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 15 Sasa NJEGIC, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Jackson MORGAN, 19 Bojan RADINOVIC, 22 Yagoub MUSTAFA – Subs not used: RGK Adrian SINAGRA, 4 Tom SOUTHGATE, 8 Paul ZIMARINO, 10 Michael DOMFEH, 20 Jayden GORMAN – Referee: Tom Glavovic