Under Strenghten ECU beaten by NTC

Under Strenghten ECU beaten by NTC

Posted on May 28, 2011 in 'Reports'

The Football West National Training Centre (NTC) has secured a 2-1 win against an under-strengthen ECU Joondalup with an injury time winner in round 13 of the All flags Premier League at The ECU Arena.

NTC were quick to steal the play despite Joondalup kicking off and a great display of control by the boys had Joondalup’s defence on their toes.

14-year-old Scott Galloway made his debut for the NTC first team as full back and proved more than capable with darting runs forward and fancy footwork as he restricted Joondalup’s attack.

Early on shots on goal were dominated by NTC but it was ECU that took the lead on the half hour. Referee Michal Jasinski pointing to the penalty spot when an NTC player handled in the area. Captain Ian McMurray scored from the spot kickto give the home side the lead.

It was nearly 2-0 to ECU in the 34th minute, Scott Blackmore’s 30-yard shot whistled inches past the post with Tim Doyle well beaten.

NTC’s best chance came when Reece Vittiglia’s shot was only parried by Brynn Hindley the rebound falling to Sebit Oyet who blazed over the crossbar and it was 1-0 at the break

After the break NTC took the game to their hosts and they were rewarded in the 57th minute with the equaliser.  A great run by substitute Moses Kalau saw him cut the ball back from the bye-line and Vittiglia fired home from eight-yards.

The tempo of the game increased as both teams pushed for the advantage. Vittiglia looked like he had given The NTC the lead moments later, but his powerful shot was superbly saved by Hindley.

Joondalup had plenty of chances in front of goal but were unable to break through NTC’s well organised defence; their best chance fell to midfielder Scott Bushby, whose volley from the edge of the box flew over the crossbar.

Moses Kalau should have given the NTC the lead in the 83rd minute, when he found himself one-on-one with Hindley, but the ECU custodian smothered his shot superbly.

But in second half injury time the NTC scored the winner. A scramble in front of goal saw the ball find Hanafi Ghazali on the edge of the 18 yard box. His shot beat Hindley to give the youngsters their first win in the Premier League for the season.

NTC Coach Kenny Lowe said despite the boys winning and playing really well in the first half, they got caught up too much in the second half just trying to win the game.

“Instead of playing the right way, the way we want to play, we normally try to control tempo and dictate across the game but we went over long and the things that we actually work on which are more development orientated went out the window.”

ECU Joondalup: GK. Brynn HINDLEY, 2. Lee THOMPSON, 5. Ross ANDERSON, (6. Matt ITALIANO), 7. Scott BUSHBY, 8. Scott BLACKMORE, 9. Ian McMURRAY(c), 10. John STYNES, 12. Jordan WITHEY, 14. Mark TEBBUTT, (15. Sebastian FRANSSAN)

Substitutes not used: 3. Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 16. Cameron BURGESS, RGK. Reid AHRENS

NTC: 1. Tim DOYLE (gk), 2. Scott GALLOWAY, 3. Stephen WALMSLEY, 4. S. MITCHINSON, 5. Hanafi GHAZALI, 6. Brandon O’NEILL, 7. Sebit OYET, 8. Blamo QUAQUA, 9. Reece VITTIGLIA, 10. Byron HUDSON, 11. Sahr MUSA, (12. Moses KALAU), (13. A. NGEYO), (14. N. AMBRIGIO)

Substitutes not used: 15. Daniel DOLS

Referee – Michal Jasinski