Joondalup too good for Balcatta

Joondalup too good for Balcatta

Posted on May 10, 2013 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup moved into fifth place on the Premier League table after a 4-1 win against Balcatta at the Edith Cowen University Complex on Saturday.

First half goals to John Monterosso, Jon Stynes and Tommy Amphlett but the home side on the way to victory, this was despite Balcatta dominating for most of the half. Amphlett added a second midway through the second half, before Chris Thackray added Balcatta’s consolation goal late.

“We were pretty lucky to come in 3-0 up at half time, but I thought we had the better of the second half and we’re happy with the result,” said ECU defender Scott Blackmore. “We defended well today, and to be fair there aren’t many teams getting the better of us this season, and hopefully it continues.”

Balcatta, who were looking for a sixth game without defeat, began well and they went close to the opener on the quarter hour. Adam Tong’s free kick picked out Ashley Rosindale, whose first time shot was well saved by Andy Banks. Then five minutes later Mikey Aspin made space down the right and his pin-point cross found Rosindale, but his header from six-yards was tipped over by the alert Banks. Joondalup were defending in numbers as Balcatta pressed and Adam Bachiller shot from the edge of the penalty drifted just wide.

In their first real attack on 35 minutes, Joondalup hit the front. Joe Smith’s ball over the top sent Monterosso clear; he outpaced Adam Tong before firing home from 16-yards. It was 2-0 moments later; Tony Taylor’s cross from the right was misjudged by Balcatta keeper Alex Dunn and Stynes headed home at the back post.

The score line had the Balcatta bench scratching their heads in disbelieve, but it got worse on 45 minutes. Taylor won possession on the right and played a great through ball to Amphlett, and the former Perth Glory midfielder finished with aplomb past Dunn, to send his team into the break three to the good.

Balcatta Coach Saul Contera made a double change at the break bringing on Estonian striker Olari Perlin and Thackray, and the striker almost gave them a perfect start to the second half. A poor clearance from Joondalup skipper Dale McCulloch on 50 minutes fell to Perlin, who raced into the penalty area, but his shot was superbly blocked by a last ditch tackle from Blackmore. Moments later Bachiller’s cross from the left picked out Perlin, but his header from six-yards drifted wide of the target.

Those misses came back to haunt them as Joondalup made it 4-0 on 69 minutes. A quick break down the right by Smith, ended with a perfect ball into Amphlett, who finished clinically past Dunn from 12-yards. Balcatta pressed late and were rewarded with a consolation goal on 73 minutes. Shaun Timmins poor header from a corner fell straight to Thackray who fired home from close-range. Joondalup almost made it five late on, Timmins’ good run ended with a great through ball to Andy Higgins, but his shot from 12-yards was saved by Dunn at the second attempt.

All Flags Premier Division – Week 7

ECU Joondalup 4 (Monterosso 35’, Stynes 36’, Amphlett 45’, 69’)

Balcatta 1 (Thackray 73’)

Saturday 4th May 2013

Venue – Edith Cowen University Campus

Crowd – 200 (Approx)

Referee – Stuart Muldoon – Assistants – Joe Fusari and Brian McDonald

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Jack OLDHAM, 3 SHAUN TIMMINS, 4 Dale McCULLOCH, 5 Jon STYNES, 6 Joe SMITH, 7 Matthew ITALIANO, 9 John MONTEROSSO (12 Andy HIGGINS 62’), 10 Tommy AMPHLETT (16 Jon HIGGINS 71’), 11 Tony TAYLOR, 15 Scott BLACKMORE – Substitutes not used: RGK Liam DRISCOLL, 14 Ryan LOWRY, 17 Igor NOVAKOVIC

Yellow Cards – Timmins 68’

Balcatta: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Adam BACHILLER (10 Moe ATAK 71’), 4 Julian MADASCHI (20 Chris THACKRAY 46’), 5 Adam TONG, 6 Baju SAVIC, 7 Mike ASPIN, 8 Roberto LUJAN,  9 Simon VERSAICO, 11 Ashley ROSINDALE (14 Olari PERLIN 46’), 12 Simon ELTONBOT, 13 John MIGAS – Substitutes not used: RGK Daniel PASARELLI, 3 Jarrad SMITH

Yellow Cards – Nil