Thornley’s early strike gives ECU the points

Thornley’s early strike gives ECU the points

Posted on June 3, 2011 in 'Reports'

A goal in the opening minutes by John Thornley was all ECU Joondalup needed to see off Inglewood United 1-0 at the Edith Cowan University campus.   Thornley stuck the ball in the back of the net with the first meaningful attack of the afternoon to put some space between the northern suburbs outfit and the bottom four.

“I’m delighted with the win, and the bonus was a clean sheet,” said coach Steve Amphlett, who was pleased with his players performance after coming off the bye.   “We could have been sluggish but the lads came out straight from the kick off and allowed Inglewood no time to settle.”

Joondalup attacked from the get-go and with 3 minutes on the clock Jordan Withey delivered a pinpoint cross onto the head of John Thornley who made no mistake from 3-metres.   The home team could have had another when Matt Italiano volleyed in on target only for goalkeeper Oliver Taseski to push his shot over the crossbar.

Inglewood got more involved in the game as the half wore on and Andy Banks’s reflex save denied Rory Grant what appeared a certain equaliser.   However, the bulk of first play was in Joondalup’s favour with Italiano and Sebastian Franssan orchestrating many of their attacks.

Inglewood flexed their midfield muscle after the turnaround with Sammut, Dannie Richman and Karl O’Reilly continually driving the visiting side into attack.   However, Andy Banks remained unbeaten and as the minutes ticked by Joondalup increasingly looked like pinching a second goal.

Italiano was again denied by another fine save from Taseski, who also kept out shots from Thornley and Jon Higgins as Joondalup sought to seal victory.   Joondalup’s day was marred only by the late sending off of Chris Wylie who, moments after being booked, was issued his marching orders for dissent.   The visitors pushed hard to get back on level terms in the closing minutes but couldn’t conjure up the goal they wanted.

ECU team – Banks, McDarby, Anderson, Comyn-Platt, Whylie, Withey (Tebbut), McCulloch, Franssan , Higgins (Laing), Italiano, Thornley

Subs not used: McMurray, Hindley, Stynes