Young Jacks beaten by Gwelup

Young Jacks beaten by Gwelup

Posted on February 18, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup suffered their first defeat of the NPLWA Night Series, after a young Jacks side were beaten by Gwelup Croatia at Percy Doyle Reserve on Wednesday evening. 

Despite the 7-0 defeat the youngsters, most who were under 18, put in a creditable performance and only the late goals made the score line look a little disappointing.

Head coach Kenny Lowe said the wellbeing of his players was the major reason he made 11 changes to the side that beat Perth Glory on Sunday.

“In my opinion two games in three days is too much, as we’re only in the early stages of our preseason,” he explained.

“The players came in for a recovery session and we trained on Tuesday and our analysis team checked the data and I made the decision not to play them on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at the big picture here, we don’t want players overdoing it so early in the season, and it was a good opportunity for some of our younger players to play against a good opponent.

“Despite the result the young lads put in a spirited performance and it will only help their development going forwards.”

“It was fantastic to see a very young team with some boys 14, 15, 16 year old perform the way they did. In the first half we could have quite easily gone in at half time with a lead, the first 45 we were playing some stunning football.

“They all really enjoyed the experience, but fair play to the opposition who treated the young lads with respect. Great game to watch, they faded in the latter part of game which was to be expected.”

It was a tight first 20 minutes with the ECU youngsters holding their own and they went close to the lead when Australian Joey’s striker Sebastian Gomez fired just wide.

But on 33 minutes it was Gwelup who opened the scoring, Jon Stynes heading home Declan Hargreaves corner and they added a second five minutes later Hasani Sinclair finding space in the box to head home.

The lively Gomez went close again after half time, but he fired wide of the target, but Gwelup started to get on top from that point and it should have been 3-0 on 53 minutes, but Pollard guessed the right way to superbly save Sinclair’s spot kick.

But moments later Sinclair did add a third, turning home Shubham Mokala’s cross. It was soon 4-0 Stynes curling home from just inside the box, and Stynes completed his hat trick on 70 minutes, losing his marker to head home at the back post.

Second half substitute Sam Mitchinson fired home a sixth late, before Stynes rounded off the scoring seven minutes from time.

ECU kept pushing to the end and Ben Hinshelwood’s effort hit the crossbar late, but it was Gwelup who ran out convincing winners.

The Jacks are back in action on Sunday when we travel to the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium to take on Inglewood United – Kick off 7.00pm

Match Details

Gwelup Croatia: GK Stefan KING, 2 Ciaran SALINGER, 3 Adam FIELDS, 4 Thomas SOUTHGATE, 5 Blair GOVAN, 6 Declan HARGREAVES, 8 Jon STYNES, 11 Ethan BROOKS, 12 Hasani SINCLAIR, 14 Shubham MOKALA, 22 Joshua SAMSON – Subs RGK Joshua TOWLE, 7 Brent GRIFFITHS, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 18 Lennon CRANE, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 26 James FANELLI, 39 Owen GOODLIFE

ECU Joondalup: GK Joe POLLARD, 2 Nathan RHODES, 3 Massimo BRESCIANI, 4 Jeremy TSHONGO, 5 Luke DAVIS, 6 Sonny O’SHEA, 7 Oscar MALFIORE, 8 Danny DOUGLAS, 9 Ben HINSHELWOOD, 10 Sebastian GOMEZ, 11 Joe BIRCH – Subs: RGK Isaac DRIESSEN, 12 Josh KINGSTON, 13 Sean O’CONNOR, 14 Harrison EDWARDS, 15 Alfie WHEELER, 16 Sebastian ORANJE, 17 Benjamin HALL-SHIRE – Referee: Matthew Southern