Ten-man Jacks edged out at Balcatta

Ten-man Jacks edged out at Balcatta

Posted on March 15, 2020 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have begun their 2020 NPLWA season, and the first for new Head Coach Kenny Lowe, with a 1-0 defeat against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

The young Jacks side produced a good performance, and had a number of chances in the game but the sending off of defender Ross Millard, in his first start since returning to the club from Bayswater City, was the difference, the home side scoring through Adam Zimarino four minutes after his dismissal.

Click here to listen to Head Coach Kenny Lowe and Tommy Amphlett’s post-match comments.

Lowe gave club NPL debuts to Harry Evans, Sami Riak and Danny Hodgson, but he had to do without defender Ryan Lowry who was suspended for this one.

It was the home side who had the first strike on goal with Callum Stocks long-range shot flying over the top. The Jacks started to take control and went close to the lead on 11 minutes.

Andy Higgins’ free kick wasn’t clear and Riak’s curling shot from the edge of the box smacked the post. Balcatta were struggling to break down a Jacks defence with Shane Cassidy and Bill Quinncroft in command, and it was the Jacks who went close again on the half hour.

Tommy Amphlett made space down the right and fed Hodgson, but the strikers shot on the run stung the palms of Balcatta’s Italian keeper Riccardo Mazzoleni.

The ball movement from the Jacks had Balcatta chasing shadows, but they couldn’t find an opening their football deserved. Hodgson went close again three minutes before half time, but his effort whistled the wrong side of the post.

But in the final minute of the half Balcatta went close to the opener. Calum O’Connell slide the ball down the left and a clearance or back pass from Jacks defender Ewan Fawcett flashed inches past the post with Johnny Perkins in no-man’s-lands.

It wasn’t the best of starts to the second half for the Jacks and two minutes in they were reduced to ten men.

Millard was caught with a tackle from Alex Castiello and he wasn’t happy and he told the referee so and referee Steven Gregory showed a straight red card to the defender for foul language.

Balcatta pressed forward and Perkins saved low from Shubham Mokala free kick moments later and on 52 minutes the home side hit the front.

Former Jacks defender Adam Tong sent the ball down the right and Joseph Marino flicked the ball on to the overlapping Michael Zimarino, his cross found Adam Zimarino in the six-yard box, who turned Quinncroft and fired past Perkins, despite the skipper getting a hand to it.

Lowe made a double change two minutes later with Ben Hinshelwood and Luke Rhodes coming on for Amphlett and Evans and it was Rhodes who went close to the equaliser on the hour.  The young defender snap shot was saved low by Mazzoleni.

The host went close to a second two minutes later, O’Connell’s free kick from the left found John Kearney at the back post, but the Balcatta skipper headed wide.

It was end-to-end football with chances at both ends. First O’Connell’s shot on the run was saved low by Perkins, before Fawcett sent Hodgson down the right and slipped in Hinshelwood, but Castiello got back with a great last-ditch tackle to deny the teenager.

The ten-men Jacks were giving as good as they got, but with them pushing men forward Balcatta almost doubled their advantage but Daniel Robinson dragged his shot wide.

Then Perkins produced the save of the day to deny Roberto Del Borrello shot on the run, after he was played in by Adam Zimarino.

The Jacks weren’t finished and were finishing the game the better and Raik was bossing the midfield.

Then on 92 minutes Andy Higgins played in Bayley Brown-Montgomery, who had replaced Hodgson on 78 minutes, he raced one-on-one with Mazzoleni, but the Balcatta custodian stood tall to deny him with his legs.

They had one final chance to earn a point deep into stoppage time, Higgins’ free kick was headed goal wards by keeper Perkins, who had come up for the set-piece, but Mazzoleni saved to seal the win.

In other games on the day the Under 18’s fought out an entertain 2-2 draw with Joe Birch and Massimo Bresciani scoring.

The under 20’s were well on but fell behind, but a great finish from Jack Doyle made it 1-1 at the break. But after the home side were reduced to ten men it was the Jacks who struggled and Balcatta scored three second half goals to run out 4-1 winners.

We now wait and see what will happen to next weeks fixtures with football being affected all over the world by corona virus. A decision will be made next week by the governing body, and if they do go ahead, we host Rockingham City at the ECU Football Stadium next Saturday.

Jacks Man of the Match – Sami Riak

Balcatta 1 (Adam Zimarino 52’) ECU Joondalup 0

Balcatta: GK Riccardo MAZZOLENI, 2 Joseph MARINO, 5 John KEARNEY (C), 6 Alex CASTIELLO, 7 Callum STOCKS (17 Adam ZIMARINO 39’), 10 Daniel ROBINSON (21 Roberto DEL BORRELLO 73’), 11 Michael ZIMARINO (13 Anthony TOPINI 65’), 14 Adam TONG, 15 Calum O’CONNELL, 22 Shubham MOKALA, 23 Jonathan CORNESS – Subs not used: RGK Gianluca DE FELICE – Yellow Cards: Corness 82’

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS (C) 3 Ross MILLARD, 6 Sam RIAK, 7 Danny HODGSON (18 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 78’), 8 Tommy AMPHLETT (9 Ben HINSHELWOOD 54’), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Harry EVANS (2 Luke RHODES 54’), 12 Tom HOUGH, 14 Shane CASSIDY, 15 Ewan FAWCETT, 16 Billy QUINNCROFT – Subs not used: 4 Henry DURR, 5 Charlie KENNA – Yellow Cards: Cassidy 49’, Quinncroft 61’ – Red Cards: Millard 48’  – Referee: Steve Gregory