Amphlett signs off on a high (by Brett Klucznik –

Amphlett signs off on a high (by Brett Klucznik –

Posted on August 19, 2011 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup farewelled coach Steve Amphlett by defeating Floreat Athena 3-0 at Litis Stadium.   John Thornley scored twice from the penalty spot with Tommy Jones sealing the win in Amphlett’s last game in charge of the northern suburbs club. “The players were determined to finish the season on a high and provided one of their performances of the season,” said Joondalup’s delighted coach.   “It was also Charlie Comyn-Platt’s last game for the club, he was paired with Dale McCulloch and probably had his best game of the season.   But everyone played their part, it was good to finish with a win!”

The left-sided partnership of Jarred Smith and Callum O’Connell was influential in Floreat’s positive start.   Liam Boland hit the junction of post and crossbar with a looping header that cleared goalkeeper Andy Banks, Damian Catalano dragged wide of the near post and Paul Van Dongen had the ball swept from within his path by Comyn-Platt.   Joondalup eventually got into rhythm, an explosive half-volley by Scott Bushby wasn’t too far off-target while Alex Dunn did well to take Jon Higgins’ shot which bounced up off an uneven surface.

On 29 minutes John Thornley fired the visitors into the lead by sending Dunn the wrong way from the penalty spot after he was felled by Julian Madaschi.   Floreat went within inches of an immediate reply but Madaschi’s close-range attempt was blocked by Banks after James Isaia’s free-kick went to feet.   As half-time neared Banks thrust out a glove to push Michael Van Dongen’s first time strike away from the top corner, and two minutes Madaschi’s corner evaded the ‘keeper and was hooked to safety by Thornley.

Floreat held sway at the start of the second half, pilling on the pressure as they sought to draw level.   However, Thornley almost doubled the visitors lead with a pacey counter attack which ended with the striker drilling not too far beyond the top corner.   A dubious foul on McCulloch by Madaschi after 62 minutes led Trent Fleskens to awarded Joondalup a second penalty before farcically sending off Madaschi, only to change his mind after consulting his assistant.   Once order was restored, Thornley made it two-nil by sending Dunn the wrong way.

The game was made safe immediately after the restart, Jones steaming straight down the middle to confidently slot under Dunn.  Bushby was within inches of bagging Joondalup a fourth goal on 71 minutes when his neat flick came down just the wrong side of the bar. Floreat continued to plug away in the hope of clawing a way back in but they found very few genuine openings in a defence under the command of Comyn-Platt and McCulloch.   Only substitute Daniel Trevisiol tested Banks, who tipped wide the low angled strike.

Floreat Athena: GK Alex DUNN, 4 Julian MADASCHI, 5 Jarrad SMITH (17 Daniel TREVISIOL 46′), 8 Michael VAN DONGEN, 9 Paul VAN DONGEN, 10 Liam BOLAND, 11 Damien CATALANO (6 Miki VUJACIC 58′), 12 James ISAIA, 15 Kyle MORAN, 16 Ante KOVACEVIC, 18 Calum O’CONNELL

Substitutes not used: GK Simon MADASCHI, 13 Calum FRANSZ

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 6 Scott BUSHBY, 7 John HIGGINS, 8 Scott BLACKMORE , 9 John THORNLEY (10 Jake BENSON-COOPER 83′), 11 Tom JONES, 12 Matt ITALIANO, 16 Chris WYLIE, 17 Ryan MCDARBY, 18 Dale MCCULLOCH

Substitutes not used: GK Bryn HINDLEY, 2 Luke SMITH, 3 Shane, PICKERING, 5 Marc RODGERS