ECU beaten by Dos Santos strike

ECU beaten by Dos Santos strike

Posted on April 13, 2011 in 'Reports'

A goal from Perth SC midfielder Jason dos Santos secured all three points as the home side beat ECU Joondalup 1-0 to move into third spot on the All Flags Premier Division table.

The former Cockburn City players latched on to a great through ball from Antonio Naglieri to score 40 seconds into the second half, and although ECU had chances to level in the second half, they couldn’t find the target, and their day ended on a sour note with skipper Dale McCulloch sent off in the final minute.

ECU Coach Syd Amphlett made two changes to the side that lost 0-2 to Balcatta last week, with new signing’s Ross Anderson and Jordan Withey coming into the side, with the suspended Scott Blackmore missing out and Jordan Dodd dropped to the bench.

Perth coach Ronnie Campbell named the same side that beat Inglewood United last week, but good news on the bench with the return of Greg Sharland from injury.

It was the visitors who began the brighter and the first opportunity came on eight minutes. John Higgins’ corner from the left picked out the unmarked Ian McMurray at the back post, but the former Perth SC striker headed wide. Then three minutes later John Thornley was sent clear by McMurray, but the striker’s shot from 18-yards went the wrong side of the post.

Perth were struggling, but they soon found their shape, and on 15 minutes Naglieri slide rule pass sent David Onoforo in on goal. But the striker’s first touch let him down and Charlie Comyn-Platt made a timely tackle to clear the danger.

It was Onoforo again three minutes later, this time Adam Bachiller’s ball sent the striker clear, but ECU keeper Andy Banks was out quick to save bravely at his feet.

Perth now had the upper hand, and on 20 minutes Craig Simpson’s ball into the penalty area found Dom de Felice, his shot from 10-yards beat Banks but crashed off the post, with defender Ollie McGee clearing the rebound.

There were chances at both ends as the game opened up. First on 26 minutes Matt Danskin’s ball sent Onoforo clear down the right. Banks came out quick to narrow the angle, and Onoforo’s shot was well blocked by the ECU custodian, and Comyn-Platt cleared the rebound. Then moments later Danskin’s low shot was pushed around the post by Banks.

ECU hit back before the break Chris Whylie’s cross from the left was headed back across goal by McMurray, but Thornley couldn’t keep his shot down and he volleyed over. Then in first half injury time Higgins found McMurray on the left. The big striker played the ball back into Higgins and his shot from 16-yards flashed over the top of the bar. It was scoreless at the break.

The second half couldn’t have started better for the home side and they hit the front after only 40 seconds. A great ball over the top by Naglieri sent Dos Santos clear. The ECU defence were looking for the offside flag that never came, and Dos Santos kept his nerve, rounded Banks and fired home into an empty net.

It was almost two, 12 minutes later. Good work on the left by Robbie Sciascia ended with a great ball to Dos Santos on the edge of the box, his shot on the turn drifted just wide of the post.

ECU were struggling in the final third, and they couldn’t find a way through. Perth on the other hand continued to make chances, and on 70 minutes Dos Santos’ cross from the left found the unmarked Sharland at the back post. The midfielder’s first touch let him down and McGee got back to get in a timely block.

With time running out ECU pushed men forward looking for the equaliser but Perth held firm with Shaun Kilkelly and Trent Kay in good form at the back.

In injury time referee Joe Fusari was kept busy with a number of heavy challenges going in and in one incident ECU skipper Dale McCulloch was shown a straight red card after a clash with Nicolas Tatasciore. But at the final whistle it was Perth who ran out 1-0 winners, and Coach Ronnie Campbell was delighted with the win. “It was a battle out there today, and we knew it would be. They started the better but we managed to hold on and I thought we were the better team in the second half,” said Campbell.

“Our defence was excellent today, like they have been all season. We changed the formation a little today, but it didn’t work in the first half so we changed it at the break and I thought we played really well in the second half and we are delighted with the three points.’

ECU Joondalup Coach Syd Amphlett was bitterly disappointed with the result. “I thought we controlled most of the game, and I was delighted with the performance, but to lose it was disappointing, but that’s football,” said Amphlett.

“I’d like to see their goal again on TV, it looked offside and the players stopped convinced it was. But they say decisions like that even itself out over the season. We had a few opportunities after that and the game ended badly for us with Dale (McCulloch) raising his hand and getting sent off, but nothing happen to the player that started the incident which was disappointing.”

Perth Soccer Club: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Trent KAY, 3 Adam BACHILLER, 4 Craig SIMPSON, 6 Shaun KILKELLY, 7 Matt DANSKIN (12 Nick TATISCIORE 87’), 9 David ONOFORO, 11 Robert SCIASCIA (23 Greg SHARLAND 68’), 14 Jason DOS SANTOS (22 Dean APPLEGREN 87’), 15 Antonio NAGLIERI, 18 Dom DE FELICE – Subs not used: RGK. Luke MARTINO, 17 Vlad NAUMOVSKI – Yellow Cards – Onoforo 90+1’

ECU Joondalup: 1 Andy BANKS, 3 Chris WYLIE, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Ollie McGEE, 7 John HIGGINS, 8 Ross ANDERSON, 9 John THORNLEY (12 William BEATTIE 87’), 10 Jon STYNES, 12 Jordan WITHEY, 16 Ian McMURRAY (14 Jordan DODD 76’), 18 Dale McCULLOCH – Subs not used: RGK Brynn HINDLEY, 2 Ben KELLY, 6 Ross EDWARDS – Yellow Cards – Banks 60’, Comyn-Platt 90+2’ – Red Cards – McCulloch 90+1’

Referee: Joe Fusari