Sorrento beat ECU to take out local derby

Sorrento beat ECU to take out local derby

Posted on August 13, 2011 in 'Reports'

Sorrento moved up to third in the All Flags Premier League after a 4-0 win against ECU Joondalup in the Northern suburbs derby at the ECU Arena.

Todd Harnwell gave the Gulls the lead in the opening minute and they didn’t look back with further goals from Dejan Gurovski 2 and a Jared Love penalty, giving Paul Price’s side the points.

ECU went in with the same side that beat Stirling Lions 4-2 last week, while Sorrento made two changes to the side that beat Cockburn city last week with Gurovski and Love replacing David Foster and Jason Mirco who both dropped to the bench.

The visitors had a perfect start and where ahead after only 18 seconds. Jack Doyle was found down the left from the kick off and his cross picked out Todd Harnwell who fired home via the post from eight-yards.

With their Premier League status still not certain ECU looked to hit back immediately and John Thornley’s long-range shot was straight at Curtis Aspden on six minutes. Then five minutes later Charlie Comyn-Platt’s ball over the top sent Thornley in on goal, but his lob from eight-yards was saved by Aspden.

Both sides pressed in a typical local derby and on 22 minutes Brodie Martin sent Gurovski clear down the left. The striker cut inside Ryan McDarby, but his shot was well saved by Andy Banks at his near post.

It was Thornley again who went close for the home team on the half hour, John Higgins picked out the big striker, but his 20-yard shot beat Aspden but whistled inches past the post.
Sorrento doubled their lead three minutes before the break. A great run down the right by Love ended with a cross to the near post which Banks couldn’t handle and Gurovski fired home from close-range.

ECU coach Syd Amphlett made a double change at the break with Chris Wylie and Matt Italiano coming on for Scott Blackmore and Jake Benson-Cooper and they began the second half the better. Higgins’ free kick picked out Marc Rodgers at the back post, his first time volley beat Aspden but Doyle cleared the ball off the line.

But when it looked like ECU could get back into the game they conceded a penalty on 58 minutes. Scott Bushby was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. It looked a little harsh on the midfielder but Love sent Banks the wrong way from penalty to make it 3-0 to Sorrento.

To their credit ECU continued to take the game to Sorrento and Whylie’s long-range shot flew wide on 64 minutes and four minutes later Higgins’ free kick almost caught Aspden out at his near post, but to the relief of the Sorrento custodian the ball crashed off the post and away to safety.

With ECU pushing men forward they were leaving holes at the back and on 78 minutes a great run by Doyle ended with a bullet like shot which beat Banks but crashed off the post and away to safety.

The icing was put on the cake in stoppage time when Sorrento added a fourth. Danny Cain’s cross into the penalty area from the right found Gurovski and he headed past Banks to seal an emphatic win.

Sorrento Coach was delighted with the performance. “We had a great start, and we carried on with it all game and I think it’s the best we’ve played all season,” said Price.

“Dejan did well today, scoring two goals but he holds the ball up well and that’s something we’ve been lacking all season. We limited ECU to long-range shots in the game and we got a deserved three points.”

ECU Joondalup Coach Syd Amphlett was extremely disappointed after the game. “It was a poor start to the game conceding early and it went downhill after that,” said Amphlett.

“It’s hard to explain, we just very poor today, but credit to Sorrento they were the better side all game, and deserved the win.”

All Flags Premier League
Saturday 6th August 2011
ECU Joondalup 0
Sorrento 4 ((T.Harnwell 1’, Gurovski 42’, 91’, Love (pen)58’)
Venue – Edith Cowen University Arena
Crowd – 400
Referee – Josh Mannella

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Marc RODGERS, 6 Scott BUSHBY, 7 John HIGGINS, 8 Scott BLACKMORE (12 Matt ITALIANO 46’), 9 John THORNLEY, 11 Tom JONES, 10 Jake BENSON-COOPER (16 Chris WHYLIE 46’), 17 Ryan MCDARBY (3 Luke SMITH 65’), 18 Dale MCCULLOCH.
Substitutes not used: GK Bryn HINDLEY, 2 Mark TEBBUT
Yellow Cards- Rodgers 50’, Jones 55’, McDarby 62’
Sorrento: GK Curtis ASPDEN, 2 Danny CAIN, 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 7 Jared LOVE, 8 Brodie MARTIN, 9 Todd HARNWELL 13 Jamie HARNWELL, 16 Jack DOYLE, 19 Adam LUCA, 22 Ryan PEARSON, , 23 Dejan GUROVSKI, ,
Subs Not Used: RGK Todd ROSS, 25 Wes PADLEY, 10 Jason MIRCO, 24 David FOSTER
Yellow Cards – Cain 89’