Three vital points for Joondalup

Three vital points for Joondalup

Posted on August 18, 2012 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup took another step towards holding onto their Premier Division status by edging out the National Training Centre 2-0 in a gritty affair at the Edith Cowan University campus. Second half finishes by Tanner Selyer and Rob Draper sealed the points for Joondalup who move five points clear of the drop spot with three games to play.

Joondalup took their time to settle but by the time Jon Higgins’ rising shot flashed over the crossbar the hosts were on top. After that the home side put their foot down with Higgins and Rob Draper asserting control in the centre of the park. A mazy Tommy Amphlett run took him past two defenders but his pull back was just out of David Foster’s reach. Selyer shot weakly after accelerating past the defence, and a firm shot by Amphlett was parried by Franken with a defender thwarting Foster at the follow-up. The NTC’s best opening had Jordan Dodd through one-on-one with goalkeeper Andy Banks, who came out trumps.

The second half had been underway a few minutes when Joondalup got the goal they sought, Shaun Timmins finding Amphlett who lured the defence before squaring for Tanner to tap in at the far post. Amphlett created space but his shot the power required to beat Franken, then Scott Blackmore headed wide from a Higgins corner. Draper made no mistake when his chance arrived, the midfielder heading in a well-flight Amphlett corner to make it two-nil. The NTC didn’t find a way through until late when Borbor Sambindi took on and beat four opponents but his shot from a narrowing angle failed to test Banks.

ECU Joondalup coach Salv Todaro said he was happy to get the win. “The first half was a bit of a scrap, I thought the boys played some good football and we matched the NTC quite well,” said Todaro.

“We were both testing each other out. We kept them to long range shots, and we were okay in the second half and peppered their back half a bit more.”

Prior to the game, the ECU manager told me that Salv Todaro mentioned “relegation” to the boys for the first time last week.

Todaro said that the match today was a very important one for the club. “This would have been our grand final, and if we didn’t get anything from today we would have been stuck down the bottom with the Knights.”

“This gives us a little bit of a buffer, it gives us five points,” he said.

Todaro said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing Perth at Dorrien Gardens next week.

 

“It’s going to be a great game.  Playing Perth at Dorrien Gardens is the home of football in WA.”

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 3 Rob DRAPER, (2 Tommy JONES ’66), 4 Dale MCCULLOCH, 5 Mark TEBBUTT, 6 John HIGGINS, 7 Matty ITALIANO, 8 Shaun TIMMINS, 9 Tommy AMPHLETT, (11 Mike ADAMCEWCIZ ’75), 12 Dave FOSTER, (14 Billy QUINNCROFT ’80), 16 Scott BLACKMORE, 17 Tanner SELYER

Substitutes not used: RGK Andy PETTERSEN, 13 Steve SOKOR

Yellow Cards: Tommy AMPHLETT ‘60

National Training Centre: GK Jordan FRANKEN, 2 Kieran COLWELL, 3 Rocco PIZZATA, 4 Storm ROUX, 5. J TUCKER, 6 Blamo QUAQUA, 7 M. BEYEN, 8 S. RAMLEE, 9 Jordan DODD, 10 Daniel MOSS, 11 Borbor SAMBINDI, (12 N. AMBROGIO ’60), (13 Sahr MUSA ’64), (15 S. CUBRILO ’75)

Substitutes not used: 14 D CHOL

Yellow Cards: M. BEYEN ’75, J. TUCKER ’86

Referee: Josh Mannella