Amphlett delighted with win at Cockburn

Amphlett delighted with win at Cockburn

Posted on June 20, 2011 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have bounced back from consecutive losses with a fantastic 3-1 victory over a resurgent Cockburn City in Saturday’s All Flags Premier League clash at Dalmatinac Park.

Coach Syd Amphlett was ecstatic after the final whistle with the way his young charges responded well after a run of poor results.

“I am delighted, it was a well-deserved win,” he said.

“For the boys who stepped up, Ryan Lowry, Luke Smith who have stepped out of the reserves it’s just brilliant.

“I would have been happier with no goals against, I did think it was a foul on the keeper but overall I’m just delighted with the win.

“It puts us back in it after a couple of bad results and with the injuries we’ve had the boys have stepped up.

Lately the training has been good the attitude has been good and everybody’s pulled together, it’s a terrific result.”

Joondalup’s goals were scored by John Higgins via a direct free kick and second half strikes by Scott Bushby and John Thornley whilst Rory Feely grabbed a controversial consolation late on for Cockburn.

Despite the score line Cockburn were very much in the contest and were the dominant attacking side throughout the first half.

In fact they should have been in front in only the first minute when poor ECU marking left Million Butshiire alone on the edge of the box. Unfortunately his shot was too close to Andy Banks who got a hand on the ball to deflect the ball out for a corner.

Butshiire then tore ECU apart bursting through the midfield before slicing the defence open with a fantastic ball to Ian McMurray who beat Banks with a shot but failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

The game turned very scrappy as the rain clouds hovered over Dalmatinac Park with ECU yet to test the Cockburn goal.

But a silly foul on 40 minutes by Jason Godfrey just outside the box gave the university side a chance from a set piece.

John Higgins stepped up to take the free kick and he clinically stroked the ball over the wall into the net to give them the lead.

Cockburn were left reeling after their lively start and then found themselves two down not long after half time as Alex Pearson fumbled a dipping Scott Bushby long range strike over the line.

Ian McMurray then should have got one goal back but he delayed too long with a guilt edge opportunity giving Andy Banks a chance to rush out and he saved well with his legs.

To compound that miss ECU scored a third three minutes later when a superb ball just past the half way line by the fantastic Luke Smith found John Thornley who rose highest and headed the ball off Pearson’s hand into an empty net.

The rain then set in for the remainder of match as the game turned into a slog with both teams having half chances in front of goal. Butshiire for Cockburn fired wide and Thornley’s effort for ECU was parried out to safety by Pearson.

Butshiire was by far the greatest threat for Cockburn as they desperately looked to get on the scoresheet.

His dinky little cross to Rory Feely looked destined to be headed into the net but somehow the Cockburn number nine leant backwards too much and his header looped wide.

But he was to be redeemed four minutes later as his well-timed run saw him head Ivan Skorich’s cross into the net but there looked to be a certain foul on the keeper by Ian McMurray who ran into the keeper just as Feely headed the ball in.

Nevertheless the goal stood and Cockburn were finally on the board but it was not enough and the result was sealed with ECU snapping a two game losing streak in clinical fashion.

Cockburn City 1(FEELY 85′)

ECU Joondalup 3 (HIGGINS 41′, BUSHBY, THORNLEY 58′)

Date: Saturday 18 June

Venue: Dalmatinac Park

Attendance:  Approx. 400

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Official:  Hugh BEST

Cockburn City: GK Alex PEARSON, 17 Paul NATALE, 4 Marc ANTHONY (19 David ARRAYA 20′), 21 Ian McMURRAY, 5 Jason GODFREY, 9 Rory FEELY, 6 Pavle BISERKO, 7 Ivan SKORICH, 3 Scott McCULLOCH, 14 Declan BOYHAM, 11 Million BUTSHIIRE (8 Su Sang YANG 90+1)

Substitutes not used: 18 Ross EDWARDS, 12 Aaron Dos Santos

ECU Joondalup: GK ANDY BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 4 Mark TEBBUT, 5 Luke SMITH, 6 Scott BUSHBY, 7 John HIGGINS, 8 Seb FRANSAN (11 Jordan WITHEY 78′), 9 John THORNLEY, 3 Chris WHYLIE, 14 Tommy JONES (17 Ryan McDARBY 90′), 12 Matt ITALIANO (10 Jon STYNES 51′)

Substitutes not used: RGK Brynn HINDLEY, 16 Luke JOHNSON

Yellow Cards: ITALIANO 33′, BUSHBY 57′, SMITH 82′, JONES 89′