Bunbury Downes ECU

Bunbury Downes ECU

Posted on April 24, 2012 in 'Reports'

A brilliant strike by Irishman Aidan Downes was enough to give Bunbury Forum Force a 1-0 win over ECU Joondalup at Payne Park on Saturday afternoon. Downes found the back of the net early in the second half to extend new Coach Alan Armstrong’s unbeaten record to three games, and leave ECU in eighth spot in the All Flags Premier League.

ECU Coach Salv Todaro was happy with the performance but was disappointed to come away with nothing from the game. “I was extremely disappointed with the result, however, I was very pleased with the attitude and the endeavour that the players put in. Never say die attitude contributed to the team working hard to the end of the game,” said Todaro.

“Frustrating aspect was that we should have had a penalty in the phase of play before they scored their goal, and even more frustrating that the official has apologised for his error. We continued good signs on the weekend that the boys are working very hard at our game plan and the team structure.”

Todaro made three changes to the ECU starting line-up from the 0-2 defeat against Sorrento last week. Matt Italiano, Scott Blackmore and Tommy Jones coming into the side, in replace of Michael Adamcewicz and Luke Smith, who dropped to the bench,  while Michael Currie was out injured.

After a scrappy opening it was Bunbury that found their feet first with Jon Brooks’ delivery out of midfield leading to some nervous moments for the visiting defence. Joondalup slowly worked their way into the game thanks to the pace of  Italiano and Tanner Selyer, the latter denied by Ryan Montgomery’s sharp reflexes in a one-one-one for the halves best chance, while Bunbury skipper Steve Howson cleared a curling strike from Rob Draper off the line as ECU began to get themselves in the match.

Bunbury came out firing after the break and five minutes in Brooks found space in the middle of the park before threading a pass to Downes whose crisp strike soared into the top corner of Andy Banks’ net. The home crowd was up on their feet again just a few minutes later when Aiden Savroy’s goal bound shot was kept out brilliantly by Banks.

The ECU defence of Italiano, Blackmore, Dale McCulloch and Shane Doyle were working overtime and Banks was in great form to deny Bunbury. Brooks, Adam Clough and substitute Bright Ababio were creating problems, and good chances fell to Savroy, Downes and Ababio but Banks was no mood to be beaten for a second time.

BUNBURY FORUM FORCE 1 (Aidan DOWNS 50′) ECU JOONDALUP 0

Payne Park, Bunbury – Saturday, 21st April 2012

Referee: David Costello

Attendance: About 200

Bunbury Forum Force: 1. Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2. Jayden PROSSER, 3. Corey UTTERSON (7. Jarrad MORT 84′), 4. Adam CLOUGH, 5. Steve HOWSON, 13. Michael FARMER, 8. Aidan DOWNS, 9. Aaron BRITAIN (12. Bright ABOBIO 45′), 10. Aiden SAVORY, 11. Jon BROOKS – Substitutes not used: RGK. Liam REEVES, 14. Mark OSMOND

Yellow Cards: Steve Howson 65′, Jarrad Mort 86′

ECU Joondalup: 1. Andy BANKS, 7. Matt ITALIANO, 3. Shane DOYLE, 4. Dave McCULLOCH, 5. Scott BLACKMORE, 6. Scott BUSHBY, 2. Fraser MCGUIRE (12. Mike ADAMCEWICZ 69′), 8. Rob DRAPER, 9. David FOSTER (14. Luke SMITH 78′), 10. Tommy JONES, 11. Tanner SELYER – Substitutes not used: RGK. Ellis COMPTON, 13. Steve SOKOL

Yellow Cards: Scott Blackmore 84′