ECU wins the Joondalup ‘Derby’

ECU wins the Joondalup ‘Derby’

Posted on February 14, 2013 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup finished their Night Series campaign with a hard fought 3-1 win over neighbours Joondalup United at Litis Stadium. “It was a good work out for the lads, especially after last week’s heavy loss at Floreat,” said ECU defender Tommy Jones. “We played some good football at times, but we still have things to work on for the season ahead.”

It was a perfect start for the Premier League side and they were ahead on seven minutes. New signing Monty Grigo found space down the left and cut inside the last defender before unleashing a low shot that flow past Willy Powley. ECU had further chances but couldn’t convert and their missed chances came back to haunt them on the stroke of half time when United levelled, Gary Andrews scoring from the penalty spot past ECU custodian Pasquale Giaffre.

ECU hit back early in the second half and were ahead on 51 minutes. Jones’ pin-point cross, picked out Tony Taylor, who headed home from six-yards. The game was made safe on 74 minutes when ECU made it 3-1. Grigo, who joined the club from Mandurah City this season, saw his cross shot fly into the top corner of the net giving Powley no chance. The game ended on a sour note when United had Neil Middler sent off in the 85th minute after receiving his second yellow card from referee David Costello.

Joondalup United – GK Willey Powley, 2 Adam Rogers, 5 Rob Bain (14 Dave McFarland 63’), 4 Neil Middler, 3 Joe Digney (12 Steve Mills 68’), 6 Steve Martin, 7 Stuart Irvine, 8 Gary Andrews, 9 Dan Merrie, 10 Ryan Francis, 11 Igor Arsonski (15 Kevin Bisset 74’) – Subs not used – 16 Mike Banks, 13 Kevin Woods

Yellow Cards – Irvine 66’, Middler 82’, 84’ – Red Card – Middler 84’

ECU Joondalup – GK Pasquale Giaffre, 2 Jack Oldham, 3 Liam Chapman, 4 Scott Blackmore, 5 Shaun Timmons (14 Luke Palmeteer 79’), 6 Dejan Spaseski, 7 Joe Knowles (12 Tommy Jones 13’), 9 Igor Novakovic, 10 Jon Higgins, 11 Monty Grigo (13 Andrew  Kiir 74’) – Subs not used – RGK Todd Hogle, 15 David Timmins

Yellow Cards – Nil

Referee – David Costello

Assistants – Michal Jasnski and Nick Hoyle