Floreat too good for ECU (by Ilija Mihalj)

Floreat too good for ECU (by Ilija Mihalj)

Posted on February 14, 2013 in 'Reports'

Floreat Athena all but assured themselves of a place in the Night Series quarter finals with this evenings 6-1 thrashing of ECU Joondalup at Litis Stadium.

The game was effectively over inside the quarter hour by which time Matt Spurling, Ludovic Boi and Mark Pritchard had opened up a sizeable lead. Chris Rizidiz made it four-nil at the break with second half finishes from Boi and Pritchard countered only by Scott Blackmore’s late consolation. “It was a great start … We knew it was going to be a tough second half but I was really pleased the guys stuck at it,” Floreat coach Chris Barbas said. “There’s a few things at training we have been working on which didn’t really come off tonight but it will happen, it looks promising.”

It took just eight minutes for Floreat to open their account, Spurling lashing a stunning right-footed effort in off the post after being teed-up by Boi. Barely another minute had passed when Boi headed in at the second attempt to make it two-nil and leave Joondalup reeling. The lead was further extended in the 12 minute when Floreat captain Mark Pritchard’s looping free-kick evaded a crowd of players to find its way into Andy Banks’ net. Joondalup’s first chance of note didn’t arrive until the 28th minute when newcomer Tony Taylor almost turned in a cross at the near post. But poor defending at the other end of the park four minutes later allowed Chris Rizidis to slide goal number four past Banks.

Joondalup were dealt another blow in the 57th minute when striker Jon Stripe was issued his marching orders by referee Stuart Muldoon after picking up his second yellow card. With Jorquera dominating the midfield, Floreat continually asked questions of the opposing defence. Boi smashed in his second goal of the evening after 70 minutes, the livewire attacker smashing into the net after some good work in the lead-up by substitute Benny Kovadio. Blackmore pulled a goal back with a little over fifteen minutes remaining but that was as good as it got for the northerners. Joondalup were fortunate not to finish with nine men after an off-the-ball incident which led to Banks being booked and Floreat awarded a penalty, which Pritchard duly converted.

ECU Joondalup 1 (Scott BLACKMORE 74’) Floreat Athena 6 (Matt SPURLING 8’, Ludo BOI 9’, 70’, Mark PRITCHARD 12’, pen 84’, Chris RIZIDIS 32’)

Referee: Stuart Muldoon – Assistant referees: Josh Mannella and Tim Mihevc

ECU Joondalup: 1. Andy BANKS (gk), 2. Jack OLDHAM, 3. David TIMMINS (12. Liam CHAPMAN), 4. Scott BLACKMORE (c), 5. Shaun TIMMINS, 6. Dejan SPASESKI, 7. Tommy AMPHLETT (14. Monty GRIGO 58’), 8. Tony TAYLOR, 9. Tanner SELYER, 10. Jon HIGGINS, 11. Jon STRIPE – Substitutes not used: RGK. Pasquale GIOFFRE (rgk), 13. Luke PALMETEER

Yellow cards: Jon STRIPE 23’, 57’, Andy BANKS 83’, Shaun TIMMINS 85’

Red cards: Jon STRIPE 57’

Floreat Athena: 1. Brad EIFFE (gk), 3. Jack ALLEN (11. Benie KOVADIO 56’), 4. Matt SPURLING (12. Andrew XYDOS 79’), 6. Mark PRITCHARD (c), 8. Cisco JORQUERA, 9. Chris RIZIDIS, 10. Bobby WILSON, 14. Ludo BOI, 16. Alessandro VITELLI (15. Michael RIZIDIS 56’), 17. Callum FRANSZ – Substitutes not used: 23. Jordan BARBAS (rgk)

Yellow cards: Nil