Human gives Joondalup the points

Human gives Joondalup the points

Posted on September 7, 2013 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup continued their good form with a 1-0 win against Perth at the Edith Cowen University Campus on Saturday evening.  The only goal of the game came from Genaveo Human on 51 minutes, making it six unbeaten games for Dale McCulloch’s side. Perth ended the game with nine men when Antonio Naglieri and Luka Njegich were sent off. “At 1-0 up with a two-man advantage you have a choice to make, throw numbers forward and try to kill the game off or maintain your shape and structure to the end,” McCulloch said. “I chose the latter and was pleased with the team spirit and discipline today in seeing out the result.”

It was a tight opening with chances few and far between, in wet and windy conditions. The visitors were on top in possession, but were struggling in the final third, and couldn’t break down a resolute Joondalup defence.  They went close on the half hour, David Onoforo was sent clear by Naglieri, but Andy Banks was out quick to block the strikers shot with his legs. Human and Amphlett were causing problems down the flanks for Joondalup, but like Perth the final ball was lacking. Onoforo had the ball in the net just before half time, but his shot from close-range was ruled offside by the assistant.

Perth was reduced to ten men four minutes into the second half, when Joe Smith and Naglieri clashed in the penalty area. A melee ensued and after the dust had settled Tim Mihevc showed a straight red card to Naglieri. The home side then hit the front two minutes later. Stynes’ free kick played Amphlett in down the right; he beat his marker and cut the ball back to Human, who fired home from 6-meters. Joondalup went close to doubling their lead on the hour, Jon Higgins’ corner was headed back across goal by Ryan Townsend, but Joe Knowles fired wide from 5-meters.

Perth continued to press and Onoforo tested Banks again, but the Joondalup custodian again denied the striker. The visitors were then reduced to nine men when Njegich was shown a second yellow card, a decision which left the defender fuming.  Joondalup went in for the kill and Stynes’ shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Francis Soale, and Amphlett fired wide late, but at the final whistle it was Joondalup celebrating the three points.