Gulls bounce back to win local derby

Gulls bounce back to win local derby

Posted on July 13, 2012 in 'Reports'

Sorrento bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat against Perth SC to beat ECU Joondalup 3-1 in Saturday’s local derby in the All Flags State Premier Division game at Percy Doyle Reserve. Ryan Pearson gave The Gulls the lead at the break, and two second half goals from Johnny Mirco and Daryl Platten put the home side in control, before a late strike from Tommy Amphlett was just a consolation for Joondalup.

“It was a good response from the lads today; we spoke about the loss at Perth last week, which was probably the worst we have played since I’ve been here.  We kept the same team and we were looking for a reaction, and I got that today which was pleasing,” said Sorrento Coach Paul Price.

With Sorrento sticking to the same team that lost at Perth, the returning Jamie Harnwell had to do with a place on the bench. Joondalup were coming off a 1-0 win against league leaders Bayswater City last week and they were forced into two changes, with David Foster and Billy Quinncroft coming into the side with John Higgins and Dan Allen out suspended, while coach Salv Todaro was serving his first game of a two game ban from the technical area.

The home side began well and had a penalty claim turned down by referee Mathew Cheeseman in the sixth minute. Tommy Jones caught Johnny Mirco in the box, but the official waved away their protests. Then four minutes later Michael Aspin’s free kick found Steve McDonald, but the big defender headed straight at Andy Banks.

But on 16 minutes the home side made the break through. Jason Mirco found space down the left, and played the ball into Johnny Mirco, whose shot was blocked by Banks. The rebound fell to Todd Harnwell who crossed to Pearson who fired home from close-range.

It was one-way traffic as Sorrento pressed and they almost made it 2-0 on 22 minutes. Reece Vittiglia played in Johnny Mirco who sprung the offside trap, but Banks was alert to smoother the strikers low shot. Then three minutes later Pearson raced clear down the left and fed Johnny Mirco whose shot beat Banks but drifted inches past the post.

Joondalup settled and had their first opportunity on the half hour, John Thornley picking out Foster, whose long-range shot was saved by Curtis Aspden.

As the half ended, both sides had chances. First on 39 minutes Jason Mirco found space on the edge of the penalty area, but the Sorrento midfielder’s curling shot flashed inches wide of the target. Moments later Tommy Amphlett drifted in from the right and his cross picked out Shaun Timmons, but the former Sorrento midfielder headed straight at Aspden.

On the stroke of half time Jason Mirco’s long-range shot was well saved by Banks, but it was 1-0 to the home side at the break.

Sorrento continued to dictate terms after the break, and they doubled their lead on 54 minutes. Vittiglia played a great ball into Todd Harnwell, Banks was alert to block the strikers’ shot, but the rebound fell to Johnny Mirco who fired home from 18-yards.

It was nearly 3-0 moments later, Vittiglia’s corner from the right found Platten, whose header crashed off the crossbar bounced down on the line before it was cleared.

The home side were well on top, and Jason Mirco’s cross from the left found Todd Harnwell at the back post on the hour, his header was tipped over by Banks at full stretch. But from the resulting corner the Gulls made it 3-0, Vittiglia’s delivery from the right found the unmarked Platten who scored from close-range.

It should have been four on 72 minutes. Great work down the right by Aspin ended with a teasing cross into the box, but somehow Johnny Mirco missed from point blank range.

All credit to Joondalup they still pressed forward and from Nick Tatasciore’s free kick on 80 minutes Billy Quinncroft headed back across goal, but skipper Dale McCulloch’s header was saved by Aspden.

Then four minutes later they did reduce the lead. Foster found Amphlett 25-yards out, he wasn’t closed down by the Sorrento defence and his shot flew into the bottom corner of the net past Aspden.

With time running out Sorrento almost added another. Second half substitute Stuart Montgomery raced down the left and cut inside the area, his shot beat Banks, but Quinncroft got back to clear the ball off the line.

It was a comprehensive win for Sorrento, keeping them in touch with the leaders, while Joondalup stay in the relegation zone. Next week Sorrento travel to Wauhop Park to take on Western Knights while Joondalup host Bunbury Forum Force in a real six pointer at the bottom of the table, at the Edith Cowen University Campus.

All Flags State Premier Division – Week 15

Sorrento 3 (Pearson 16’, Johnny Mirco 54’, Platten 61’)

ECU Joondalup 1 (Amphlett 84’)

Saturday 7th July 2012

Venue – Percy Doyle Reserve

Attendance – 300 (Approx)

Referee – Mathew Chesseman

Sorrento: GK Curtis ASPDEN, 3 Danny CAIN (8 Brodie MARTIN 86’), 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 7 James MORGAN, 9 Todd HARNWELL (17 Gavin KNIGHT 77’), 10 Jason MIRCO, 12 Johny MIRCO (19 Stuart MONTGOMERY 77’), 13 Steve MCDONALD, 20 Reece VITTIGLIA, 22 Ryan PEARSON, 30 Michael ASPIN – Substitutes not used: RGK James MORGAN, 16 Jamie HARNWELL,

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS,  2 Tommy JONES, 4 Dale MCCULLOCH, 7 Matt ITALIANO,  8 Shaun TIMMINS, 9 Tommy AMPHLETT, 10 John THORNLEY, 11 Mike ADAMCEZWICZ (13 Nick TATASCIORE 46’), 12 David FOSTER, 14 Billy QUINNCROFT, 16 Scott BLACKMORE - Substitutes not used: RGK: Andy PETTERSON, 15 Nick DAVIES, 17 Steve COWBROUGH, 18 Mark TEBBUT