All square against Armadale

All square against Armadale

Posted on June 15, 2012 in 'Reports'

Armadale continued their recent good form when they come away from the Edith Cowen University Campus with a valuable point after a 0-0 draw against ECU Joondalup. It was a tale of two halves as a lacklustre first half saw ECU struggle whilst Armadale were much the better side, but the roles were reversed in the second as Armadale for the most part were on the back foot with ECU very unlucky on several occasions not to snatch the win. “We’re extremely disappointed in not getting three points. The way we played in the second half was very pleasing and we spent a large percentage of time in our attacking half. But full credit to Armadale who defended like their lives depended on it and Cyril Sharrock made a couple of good saves,” said ECU Joondalup Coach Salv Todaro.

It was a physical opening with Fulham bound Cameron Burgess receiving a yellow card after a late tackle on Sam Loveless. After that the visitors settled much the better side with Alan Darlington and Joey Tavernese causing problems down the flanks, the best chance fell to Loveless on the half hour, but he unfortunately sliced his effort just wide after good work by Tavernese. The home side were struggling to break down a tight Armadale defence their only chance in the first half came late when new signing John Thornley’s headed wide from Tommy Amphlett’s cross.

The home side began the second half well and Tommy Jones latched on to a Scott Bushby through ball sending him clear but some desperate defending from Nick Viaggio denied the midfielder. It was one-way traffic as the home side pushed for the opener and when Amphlett raced past two defenders on the right and cut the ball back from the bye-line; Thornley’s first time shot was well saved low by Cyril Sharrock.  Armadale were being pushed back and a mistake by Mark McClements then let in Thornley down the left, he found Matt Italiano whose shot on the turn whistled past the far post, and moments later Amphlett shot was well saved by Sharrock.

Amphlett was still causing the Armadale defenders trouble down the right as his bursting runs set up most of Joondalup’s best chances and his cross on 74 minutes found an unmarked Jones whose volley was smartly blocked by McClements. Armadale were most threatening from set pieces then they came close twice as Tavernese then Viaggio had looping headers float over Andy Banks goal. Both sides had chances to win it late, first Bushby long-range shot went inches over the top, while at the other end Blake Adams blazed over when well placed, so both teams had to settle for a point apiece.

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 16. Scott BLACKMORE, 3. Cameron BURGESS, 4. Dale McCULLOCH, 5. Billy QUINNCROFT, 6. Scott BUSHBY, 8. Shaun TIMMINS, 7. Matt ITALIANO, 9. John THORNLEY, 10. Tommy AMPHLETT, 11. Tommy JONES – Subs Not Used: RGK. Andy PETTERSON, 12.Fraser MCGUIRE, 13. Declin HARGREAVES, 14.Nick DAVIES

Yellow Cards: 3. Cameron BURGESS 16′, 16.Scott BLACKMORE 53′

Armadale: GK. Cyril SHARROCK, 13. Sam LOVELESS, 5. Nick VIAGGIO, 3. Mark McCLEMENTS, 14. Mitch CASTRILLI, 10. Alan DARLINGTON (11. Blake ADAMS 67′), 16. Tom BISS, 6. Josh MADDISON, 15. Joey TAVERNESE, 7. Ravi KUPPUSAMY (8. Allan CLAXTON 85′), 9. Darren FRANCIS

Yellow Cards: 8. Allan CLAXTON 87′

Referee: Josh Mihevc