Gulls brought down by Knowles

Gulls brought down by Knowles

Posted on August 24, 2013 in 'Reports'

A last minute goal from ECU Joondalup’s teenage defender Joe Knowles has given them a 1-1 draw against Sorrento in the northern suburbs local derby at Percy Doyle Reserve. Ryan Pearson goal with eight minutes remaining looked like it had won all three points for The Gulls, but Knowles’ deflected shot in the fourth minute of stoppage time earn the visitors a point. “I definitely thought we should have taken more from the game the way the game panned out,” said Joondalup Coach Dale McCulloch. “But to score in the last minute after going 1-0 down so late – we’re happy with the point, and that’s five games now we have been unbeaten.”

The visitors made a good start and they thought they had the lead in the seventh minute. Jon Higgins’ in-swinging corner was flicked on by Charlie Comyn-Platt, and it looked like the ball had crossed the line but the referee waved away the strong Joondalup protest. Joondalup were dominating and on 17 minutes Sorrento keeper Curtis Aspden dropped Jon Higgins’ corner, but he recovered quickly to deny Tommy Amphlett’s follow up shot.  Then on the half hour midfielder Jon Stynes was picked out by David Caine, but his free header went inches over the bar, and the midfielder then blazed over when well placed before the break.

After the break it was more of the same and Comyn-Platt saw his header flash inches past the post, after a pin-point cross from Andy Higgins, as Joondalup pressed. But the home side emerged from their slumber and almost hit the front on the hour. Todd Harnwell’s shot was blocked by Andy Banks on the line, and Pearson’s follow up shot was deflected on to the post and away for a corner. Sorrento was now on top and moments later Pearson saw his shot on the turn flash wide as they upped the tempo.

Their pressure was rewarded with the lead on 82 minutes, Pearson was sent clear by a slide-rule pass from Wes Padley, and as the Joondalup players looked for the offside flag that never came the midfield raced clear and chipped the on-coming Banks. It was a bitter blow for Joondalup but it looked like their missed chances in the game was coming back to haunt them, but Knowles had other ideas. In the fourth minute of stoppage time the youngster tried his luck from long-range, it took a slight deflection and on the wet surface it just beat the desperate dive of Aspden, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Sorrento 1 (Ryan PEARSON 82’) ECU Joondalup (Joe KNOWLES 90+4’)

Sorrento – GK Curtis ASPDEN, 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 7 James MORGAN (14 Anthony SKORICH 75’), 8 Brodie MARTIN, 9 Todd HARNWELL, 10 Gavin KNIGHT, 15 Razack GELOO, 18 David PRICE, 21 Mikey ASPIN, 22 Ryan PEARSON, 25 Wes PADLEY – Subs not used – RGK James MORGAN, 19 Brad BURGESS, 23 Joshua ROWLANDS, 44 Jake CHERRIE

Yellow cards: Mikey ASPIN 69’

ECU Joondalup – GK Andy BANKS, 3 Jon HIGGINS, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Scott BLACKMORE, 6 Jon STYNES, 7 David CAINE (9 Tommy JONES 77’), 8 Jack OLDHAM, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Joe KNOWLES, 16 Dejan SPASESKI (17 Tanner SELYER 65’) – Subs not used – RGK Tim DOYLE, 12 Gareth CRAWLEY

Yellow cards: Scott BLACKMORE 30’, David CAINE 73’

Referee: Adam Fielding