ECU go down in opener despite Foster double

ECU go down in opener despite Foster double

Posted on March 26, 2012 in 'Reports'

(Report by James Mooney)

ECU Joondalup began their 2012 All Flags State Premier League campaign with a 2-3 defeat against Inglewood United at The 6PR Stadium.

The home side’s constant pressure put ECU on the back foot, but they looked dangerous on the counter-attack, however they were not able to hold out, despite David Foster’s (Photo by Brett Klucznik) double on his club debut.

“A disappointing result for the boys, but a tremendous performance by all involved. Two individual errors probably cost us the chance of taking any points away from the game,’ said caretaker Coach Syd Amphlett.

“We started with four players making their debuts, one of which only signed on Friday, but everyone stuck to their tasks and come very close to obtaining a result.”

Inglewood started off full of energy with several early chances coming from Ryan Clarke and Glory youth player Alex Coniglia, but it was ECU who made the break through on 18 minutes. A great through ball sent Foster in on goal, and the former Sorrento striker made no mistake slipping it past Alex Sutton into the bottom right corner.

Inglewood were swift to reply with centre back Jack Clisby already offering up a potential goal of the season with a 20 yard strike rocketing into the back of the net. Both sides were denied by the crossbar and strong goalkeeping from Sutton and Andy Banks, and it was all square at the break.

Inglewood began well after the break, creating numerous chances however lacked the final touch to put the game to bed early on, but their pressure was rewarded with the lead on 55 minutes. Clarke danced his way along the touchline to set up a low cross leaving Brendan Craig to slot home from close-range past Banks.

But ECU, with caretaker coaches Syd Amphlett and Charlie Comyn-Platt in charge, hit back on 65 minutes, Foster heading home a Scott Blackmore cross.

The ECU celebration did not last long as Inglewood’s David Perich struck from outside the 18-yard box two minutes later. ECU pressed late to earn a point but time run out and it was Inglewood running out 3-2 winners.

ECU Joondalup caretaker coach Syd Amphlett was disappointed with the result but delighted with the performance from the side. “A disappointing result for the boys but a tremendous performance by all involved. It was two individual errors probably that cost us the chance of taking any points away from the game,” said Amphlett.

“We started with four players making their debuts, one of which only signed on Friday but everyone stuck to their tasks and come very close to obtaining a result. There were several outstanding performances including Captain Dale McCulloch and Scott Blackmore. Congratulations to Inglewood, who also had several new faces and looked very good at times.”

Inglewood captain James Sammut was pleased to earn the win, as the opening game of the season was only the clubs fourth hit out as a new squad.

“Our pre-season wasn’t all planned out as well as it should of been with the Glory takeover, as people are calling it, the only games we have played was is the Night Series… it was good to get a win on the board as I think we played some great football,” said Sammut.

Next Saturday ECU Joondalup will host Floreat Athena.

Inglewood United 3 (Clisby 20′, Craig 55′, Perich 67′)

ECU Joondalup 2 (Foster 18′, 65′)

Inglewood United: GK 1.Alex Sutton, 2.Jason Colli, 3.Rikki Smith, 4.Jack Clisby, 5. Jonathon Davite, (14. Brendan Ross 90′) 6. David Perich, 7.Alex Caniglia, 8. Dannie Richman, 9.James Sammut, 10.Ryan Clarke, (12. Michael Baczynski 75′) 11.Brendan Craig – Subs not used: RGK 20 Simon Duffecy, 13.Daniel Kovacevic, 15.Lee Carr

Yellow Cards: David Perich 58′, James Sammut 68′

ECU Joondalup: 1. Andrew Banks, (13. Shane Doyle 60′) 2.Luke Smith, 18. Dale McCulloch, 4. Mark Tebbut, 5.John Higgins, 6.Tommy Jones, 7.Rob Draper, 8. Scott Blackmore, 9.David Foster, (15. Tanner Selyer 82′) 10. John Stark, (12. Israel Tan 60′) 11. Steve Sokol – Subs not used: 14. Stewart Siddal, RGK Ellis Compton

Yellow Cards: John Stark 23′, Tommy Jones 75′