Late goals sink ECU

Late goals sink ECU

Posted on May 15, 2012 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup’s State Cup run has come to end after a 2-0 defeat against neighbours Sorrento in the second round game at Percy Doyle Reserve. (Photo by Brett Kluzcnik)

The game provided plenty of chances, including a missed penalty by Tommy Amphlett, but it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that the outcome was decided with goals from Todd Harnwell and Ryan Pearson. “I was very disappointed with the result, as I believe we were the better team throughout the game. Some of the football that we played was very exciting and we definitely did not get what we deserved,” said Joondalup Coach Salv Todaro.

“Sorrento’s keeper Aspden, made a world class save off the bullet like header from Foster which everyone at the ground thought was in. We need to continue to improve and continue to have belief in what we are doing and the tide will soon turn.”

Joondalup did most of the early attacking and Scott Bushby’s 20-yard strike on 10 minutes was superbly saved by Gulls keeper Curtis Aspden. It was Bushby again five minutes later, he cut inside from the right and his shot from the edge of the penalty area was heading for the top corner before Aspden again denied him with another stunning save.

Sorrento almost went ahead against the run of play in the 20th minute, Stuart Montgomery stealing possession and dashing down the flank, but the veteran striker’s shot drifted wide. With this the home team came to life and Michael Aspin, Jason Mirco and Pearson each had chances to break the deadlock but fired wide.

Joondalup had a couple of chances of their own before the break. Matty Italiano, picked up the ball in the middle of the park and played a one two with David Foster, before unleashing a shot with flashed just wide of the left post. Moments later after some neat approach work by Scott Blackmore and Amphlett, Tommy Jones saw his shot go wide of the target.

Joondalup began the second half like they finished the first and went close early. Italiano’s cross from the right picked out Foster, whose bullet like header brought another great save from Aspden. The Gulls went close too, Montgomery was twice denied by great saves by Andy Banks.

Amphlett and Italiano were causing havoc down the right hand side with a number of crosses being sent into the box, and the former Perth Glory midfielder was in the middle of the action on 70 minutes when he was brought down by Todd Harnwell and referee Mathew Cheeseman pointed straight to the spot. Amphlett picked himself up, but his spot kick was well saved by Aspden.

The visitors had another penalty claim turned down after Amphlett was bundled over again, but the referee waved away the players protests.

Both sides continued to trade blows and it looked like the game would go into extra time, until, the 81st minute when The Gulls hit the front. James Morgan’s cross picked out Todd Harnwell to slot in the opening goal.

The result was put beyond doubt six minutes later when Pearson played a one-two with Morgan and lashed into the net from the edge of the 18-yard box. Sorrento Coach Paul Price thought his side we’re lucky to win the game. “To be fair to them, I thought ECU Joondalup played well, they got the penalty, but Curtis did well and saved it,” said Price. “If the penalty had have gone it, it would have been a different game.”

State Cup 2nd Round

Sorrento 2 (T Harnwell 81′, Pearson 87′)

ECU Joondalup 0

Kick Off: 2.30pm

Crowd: 200

Referee: Mathew Cheeseman

Sorrento: GK Curtis ASPDEN, 3 Michael ASPIN, (5 Jamie HARNWELL 89′), 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 7 James MORGAN, (8 Brodie MARTIN 69′), 9 Todd HARNWELL, 10 Jason MIRCO, 12 John MIRCO, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 18 Glen THOMAS, 19 Stuart MONTGOMERY, 22 Ryan PEARSON -Substitutes Not Used: RGK James MORGAN, 21 Darcy COSGROVE

Yellow Cards: Nil

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Scott BLACKMORE, 3 Cameron BURGESS, 4 Dale MCCULLOCH, 5 Nick DAVIES, 6 Scott BUSHBY, 7 Matty ITALIANO, 8 Fraser MCGUIRE, 9 David FOSTER, 10 Tommy AMPHLETT, 11 Tommy JONES, (12 Tanner SELYER 75′) – Substitutes Not Used: RGK Ellis COMPTON, 13 Mark TEBBUTT, 14 Steve COWBROUGH, 15 Steve SOKOL

Yellow Cards: Fraser MCGUIRE 87′, Cameron BURGESS 89′