Joondalup fight back too late at Armadale

Joondalup fight back too late at Armadale

Posted on May 21, 2013 in 'Reports'

Armadale returned to the winners circle for the first time in over a month by downing a spirited ECU Joondalup outfit 4-3 at Alfred Skeet Oval. The home team held a four-goal advantage at the break thanks to Louie Bake, Mitch Castrilli, Mark Peers and Dannie Richman. Jon Stynes scored twice and Tommy Amphlett once in the minutes after the break to put Joondalup back in the game but despite a concerted late push they were unable to conjure an equaliser. ECU coach Salv Todaro lamented his side’s first-half capitulation, which he felt came from a loss of confidence after Armadale had edged to a two-goal lead. “At 4-0 down the easy thing to have done at half time would be panic and kick water bottles about in frustration but I saw enough opportunities in the first half to know we could have a go at them with a few tactical tweaks,” he said.

There was a lot of to and fro early on as the two sets of players attempted to assert themselves on the game. Although slow to get going, Armadale gained the upper hand in the 27th minute when Trevor Laure’s centring pass was met by Bake’s superb first time shot into from 16-metres. Castrilli punished some poor defending at a corner seven minutes later by heading in the Reds second goal, and when Peers’ free-kick evaded all inside the area to sneak inside the far post Joondalup must have been wondering what had hit them. There was worse to come as, on the stroke of half-time, Richman nodded in at close-range after the visitors failed to respond to a loose ball.

Joondalup heeded the words of their coaching staff and five minutes after the restart Stynes headed in from a Tony Taylor corner. Stynes then further reduced the gap with another headed, this one at the back post on the end of a Shaun Timmins free-kick. An hour was on the lock when Matt Italiano found the feet of Amphlett (Right), who darted across the 18-yard box and rifled into the far corner of Ellis Hawksworth’s net. Amphlett twice found himself in positions to complete the visitor’s revival but on each occasion the attacker was unable to capitalise. “We should never have been as uncomfortable as we were in the last five minutes,” Armadale boss Lee Bamber told footballwest.com.au“, This provides important experience for the team to ensure a similar scenario won’t happen again.” The win jumps Armadale into fourth on a congested Premier Division table, whereas Joondalup slip down to seventh.

Armadale S.C. 4 (Bake 27’, Castrilli, 34’, Peers 37’, Richman 45’)

ECU Joondalup 3 (Stynes 50’, 53’, Amphlett 60’)

Saturday 11th May 2013

Venue: Alfred Skeet Reserve

Armadale: GK.Ellis HAWKSWORTH, 2. Daniel RICHMAN, 9. Trevor LAURE (6. Chris HOLLAND 75’), 4. Ian MAGUIRE, 5. Nathan COSTELLO, 12. Lance LOVIVIE, 8. Louie BAKE (c) (16. Rav KUPPUSAMY 81’), 10. Rhys LOXLEY, 11. Mark PEERS (3. Jack BAMBER 90’), 13. Sam LOVELESS, 14. Mitch CASTRILLI,

Subs not used: RGK. Cyril SHARROCK, 7. Chan WOO PAYK

Yellow cards: Castrilli 32’, Bake 33’, Loveless 52’

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Jack OLDHAM (14. Ryan LOWRY 46’), 3 SHAUN TIMMINS, 18. Dale McCULLOCH (c), 5 Jon STYNES, 6 Joe SMITH 17. Tanner SELYER 46’), 7 Matty ITALIANO, 9. Andy HIGGINS (16. Jon HIGGINS 75’), 10 Tommy AMPHLETT, 11 Tony TAYLOR, 15 Scott BLACKMORE

Subs not used: RGK Joel DRISCOLL

Yellow Cards: McCulloch 6’, Taylor 72’

Referee – Hugh Best