All Square at Macedonia Park

All Square at Macedonia Park

Posted on August 11, 2012 in 'Reports'

The points were shared at Macedonia Park where Stirling Lions and ECU Joondalup played out a 0-0 draw under leaden skies. (Photo by Brett Klucznik)

Joondalup created the better chances in a game that failed to reach any heights but wayward finishing prevented either team from breaking through in front of a small crowd who’d braved the wintry conditions. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t end up getting all three points as we created a couple of decent half chances in the last ten minutes,” said Joondalup coach Salv Todaro. “The lads worked extremely hard to ensure they followed our game plan, the boys that came in did a sterling job.”

The early signs pointed towards an entertaining afternoon. A long ball in just the 2nd minute put Anthony Lyons through but Scott Blackmore and Andy Banks conspired to rob the Stirling striker a shot. Eleven minutes later Clayton Arnez advanced unchallenged into the final third to release a powerful 20-metre shot which Banks took low at his near post. But after that early flourish the game developed into a between-the-boxes slog with neither side able to penetrate the opposing defence. Joondalup really didn’t threaten until just before half-time when Rob Draper’s swerving shot from 18-metres tested Cory Hugo for the first half.

There was a slight intensity increase for the second half which opened with Hugo pushing wide a downward header by David Foster. Stirling were unlucky not to go ahead with their next attempt, Banks throwing out a leg to block Lyons shot after being played in by Arnez. Tommy Amphlett cut in from the left to blast high of the target when the better option would have been to tee-up free teammate Foster in the 77th minute. Play was end to end in the closing stages as both sets of players pressed for a late winner, however, a lack of finishing prevented either team from finding the goal they sought.

Stirling Lions SC 0

ECU Joondalup 0

Saturday, 4th August

Macedonia Park, Balcatta

Local kick-off: 3:00pm

Stirling Lions: GK Cory HUGO, 2 Michael PUGLIESE (13 Daniel STOITIS 59’), 3 Clayton ARNEZ, 4 Jason GAVIN, 5 Andy HAROLD (12 Dylan FILOCAMO 51’), 6 Jamie TANDY (16 Phil O’CALLAGHAN 62’), 7 Gareth MCGLYNN, 8 Andy BROWN, 9 Anthony LYONS, 10 Adam LUCA, 11 Hayden BARNETT – Substitutes not used: RGK Connor CAMPBELLL, 15 Matt HAROLD

Yellow Cards: Anthony LYONS, Andy BROWN

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 3 Rob DRAPER, 6 John HIGGINS, 7 Matt ITALIANO, 8 Shaun TIMMINS, 9 Tommy AMPHLETT, 11 Mike ADAMCEWICZ (5 Scott BUSHBY 66’), 12 David FOSTER (17 Tanner SELYER 81’), 14 Billy QUINNCROFT, 15 Mark TEBBOTT, 16 Scott BLACKMORE – Substitutes not used: RGK Andy PETTERSON, 18 Fraser MCGUIRE,

Yellow cards: Mark TEBBOTT