ECU let it slip late

ECU let it slip late

Posted on May 29, 2012 in 'Reports'

A Daniel Micevski hat-trick has seen Balcatta come-from-behind to beat ECU Joondalup 3-2 in a pulsating encounter at Grindleford Reserve. (Photo by Tom Gordon) Joondalup entered the afternoon as underdogs but looked set to cause a major upset after Tommy Amphlett and David Foster put them two-nil up. Micevski pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time then restored parity on the hour to set up an interesting finish. Balcatta dominated in the second half, however, it took until the closing stages for Micevski to seal the points with a deserved hat-trick.

Joondalup’s early endeavours were rewarded on the quarter hour, Cameron Burgess surging down the left before playing to the feet of Amphlett whose crisp shot from the edge of the 18-yard box was too good for Bobson Koroma. Billy Quincroft could have doubled the visitors lead but his free header from Burgess’ delivery was beyond the target. A clumsy foul by Mo Atak on Fraser McGuire resulted in a Joondalup penalty after 34 minutes which Foster dispatched expertly into the bottom corner to make it two-nil. Ten minutes later John Thornley embarked on a strong run down the left before cutting the ball back for Micevski to head into the bottom corner.

The second half opened with Balcatta again on the attack where Thornley dragged Adam Tong’s lay-off wide of the target. The goal they sought arrived on 63 minutes when Micevski’s shot defelcted off a defender and looped over the head of a helpless Andy Banks in goal. Shane Nunes, Jason Barrera and Migas all then had chances to put the home side in front without success. Joondalup had a brilliant opportunity of their own but Quinncroft’s blistering volley was narrowly over the crossbar. The deciding goal came with two minutes left, Thornley pressuring the defence into conceding possession with Micevski pouncing on the loose ball and rounding the goalkeeper to tuck onto an empty net.

Balcatta 3 (Daniel Micevski 45′, 53′, 88′)

ECU Joondalup 2 (Amphlett 15′, Foster 34’pen)

Saturday 26th May 2012

Grindleford Resvere

Local kick-off: 3:00pm

Crowd: 250

Balcatta: GK: Bobson KOROMA, 2. Simon ELTON-BOTT (20. Chris THACKARAY 61′), 4. Julian MADASCHI, 5. Adam TONG, 7. Daniel MICEVSKI, 8. Jason BARRERA, 10. Mo ATAK (18. Callum ROBERTS 76′), 12. John THORNLEY, 13. John MIGAS, 15. Paul VATISTAS (9. David MICEVSKI 82′), 19. Shane NUNES – Subs not used: RGK: Simon MADASCHI, 3. Michael WALSH.

ECU Joondalup: GK: Andy BANKS, 2. Scott BLACKMORE, 3. Cameron BURGESS, 4. Dale McCULLOCH, 5. Nick DAVIES (13. Mark TEBBUTT 68′), 6. Scott BUSHBY, 7. Shaun TIMMINS, 8. Fraser McGUIRE (12. Matt ITALIANO 71′), 9. David FOSTER, 10. Tommy AMPHLETT, 11. Billy QUINNCROFT – Substitutes not used: RGK: Reed AHERNS, 14. Shane DOYLE

Yellow cards: McGuire 58′