Cockburn edge out Joondalup

Cockburn edge out Joondalup

Posted on April 5, 2013 in 'Reports'

Cockburn City opened their seasons account with a hard fought 2-1 win against ECU Joondalup at Dalmatinac Park. Jack Eades gave them the lead just before half time before former Joondalup striker John Thornley doubled their advantage after the break. Tommy Amphlett gave the visitors hope pulling one back but Cockburn hung on for the three points. “We only started playing in the last fifteen minutes and we almost stole something from the game,” said ECU Coach Salv Todaro.

“We didn’t really deserve it on the performance, but it is also frustrating as we wonder what would have happened if we turned up to play at 3pm!!.”

The home side were out of the blocks early and skipper Paul Lloyd worked his way into the area on the quarter hour, his shot beat Andy Banks, but crashed off the post and way to safety.  Joondalup were struggling to get into the game, as Cockburn continued to dictate and their pressure was rewarded on 40 minutes with the lead. Jack Eades wasn’t closed down on the edge of the penalty area and his powerful shot flew past Banks and into the net.

It was Lloyd again who almost doubled their lead, before half time. The English midfielder found space on the edge of the penalty area and when the ball was pulled back to him his first time volley crashed off the crossbar. The introduction of Thornley on the hour had the desired effect and he doubled the home sides lead on 71 minutes. Lloyd whipped in a perfect cross and the big striker shot crashed off the crossbar and into the net.

The goal seemed to lift the visitors and they began to get more of the ball in the right areas and on 78 minutes they were given a lifeline. Amphlett played a one-two with Tony Taylor on the edge of the penalty area, before firing home from 12-yards to spark the visitors to life. Five minutes later it was Amphlett again, the former Perth Glory midfielder raced clear of the Cockburn defence, but his lob over keeper Dejan Aleksic drifted agonisingly past the post. With time running out Joondalup thought they had the equaliser, Taylor’s free kick from the edge of the box was curled up and over the wall, but Aleksic saved brilliantly low to his left to deny him and win the game for Cockburn.

“When we went 2-0 up, we thought it was party time,” said Cockburn Coach Scott Miller. “But in the Premier League you find out pretty quick it’s no party until the final whistle. We started getting back to old habits, where we would play ourselves into trouble. We were hanging on, and really, to hang on after such a dominant performance was weird.”

Cockburn City 2 (Jack EADES 40’, John THORNLEY 71’)

ECU Joondalup 1 (Tommy AMPHLETT 78’)

Saturday, March 30th 2013

Dalmatinac Park, Spearwood

Kick-off: 3pm

Referee: A. Fielding

Assistant referees:

Crowd: Appx 150

Cockburn City: GK Dejan ALEKSIC, 4 Euan GRANT, 3 Kieron STALLARD, 11 Devon GIBSON (6 Ian STACK 76’), 9 Eamon MCNEILIS, 7 Matt SALMON, 15 Jack EADES, 14 Conor KAVANAGH, 10 Paul LLOYD (16 David ONOFORO 92’), 20 Harry O’BRIEN, 21 Nick CARROLL (13 John THORNLEY 62’)  – Substitutes not used: RGK Paul BASTOE, 8 Marc ANTHONY

Yellow cards: Matt Salmon 88’, Kieron Stallard 92’

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Tommy JONES, 3 Jon STRIPE, 4 Dale MCCULLOCH, 5 Igor NOVAKOVIC, 6 Shaun TIMMINS, 7 Tommy AMPHLETT, 8 Joe SMITH, 9 Tanner SELYER (12 John MONTEROSSO 55’), 10 Joe KNOWLES, 11 Tony TAYLOR – Substitutes not used: RGK Pasquale GIOFFRE, 13 Gareth CRAWLEY, 14 Jack OLDHAM, 15 Kye DOUGLAS

Yellow cards: Dale McCulloch 45’, Shaun Timmins 73’, Tommy Jones 75’, Andy Banks 92’