Perth teach ECU a lesson in finishing

Perth teach ECU a lesson in finishing

Posted on May 31, 2013 in 'Reports'

Perth Soccer Club leapfrogged ECU Joondalup after a 2-0 win in Sunday’s All Flags Premier Division game at Dorrien Gardens.

Photo – ECU keeper Andy Banks saves Kris Gate’s shot

Second half goals to English imports Oyodrji Omoboye and Ashley Corker gave them the three points. Former Middlesbrough and Cambridge United midfielder Corker, set up the opener and scored the second, and he was delighted with the result. “It was a good win and something we’ve needed over the past few weeks. We’ve put the effort in, but results haven’t gone our way, but today it did, and it was good performance and a clean sheet too, which is pleasing,” Corker told footballwest.com.au.

It was a low key opening with chances few and far between; the first real chance fell to the visitors on the quarter hour. Matt Italiano picking out Tommy Amphlett, who raced clear, but his shot from 18-yards whistled inches past the post, although the flag was up for offside. That was the last contribution for the former Perth Glory midfielder, who limped off with a hamstring injury, and was replaced by Tanner Selyer. Perth began to get into the game and Joshua Perrira’s long-range shot went wide of the target. Joondalup went close again on 28 minutes, Tony Taylor sent Selyer down the right flank. The New Zealand strikers’ cross picked out Jon Stynes, but his first time shot was superbly blocked by defender James Marocchi.

Perth made a great start to the second half and they were ahead on 54 minutes. Corker found space down the left and cut inside Jack Oldham and played the ball to Omoboye, who had far too much time and space, and his low shot beat keeper Andy Banks and rolled into the bottom comer of the net.  Joondalup, who were on a two game losing streak, looked to hit back immediately and 10 minutes later Joe Smith’s cross from the right found Tanner, whose first time shot was blocked by Marocchi, and Stynes follow up shot was saved low by Jason Saldaris.

The visitors continued to press and they should have levelled on 79 minutes. Smith’s corner from the left was met by Perth Glory youth defender Ryan Lowry, his goal bound header was blocked, the rebound fell kindly again for the defender, but with the goal at his mercy he blazed over from six-yards.  Perth could have wrapped the game up but Adam Luca and Kris Gate saw their shots saved by Banks, but with two minutes remaining they scored the vital second goal. Second half substitutes Friday Zico picked out Gate, who raced into the penalty area and his low cross was side footed home by Corker from close-range.

ECU Coach Salv Todaro was left bitterly disappointed with the performance. “The last couple of weeks have been very disappointing for us and after a very positive heart to heart with the players we are ready to make amends for this insipid display that we produced today. The players need to stand up and start to perform as we all know they can,” said Todaro.

Perth 2 (Omoboye 54’, Corker 89’)

ECU Joondalup 0

Sunday 26th May 2013

Dorrien Gardens, West Perth

Attendance – 300

Referee – Josh Mannella

Assistants – Chris Howell and Ammar Timour

Perth – GK Jason SALDARIS, 3 Luka NJEGICH, 4 Ayodeji OMOBOYE, 5 James MAROCCHI, 6 Clarke KELTIE, 8 Tim ROBERTSON (7 Liam BOLAND 79′), 11 Kris GATE, 12 Josh WILKINS, 15 Matthew IZZO (20 Adam LUCA 64′), 16 Josh PEREIRA (21 Friday ZICO 76′), 22 Ashley CORKER – Substitutes not used – 9 Mundy TOURE, 19 Jarrod BELFORD

ECU Joondalup – GK Andy BANKS, 2 Jack OLDHAM, 4 Ryan LOWRY, 5 Jon STYNES,  6 Joe SMITH, 7 Matthew ITALIANO, 8  Jon HIGGINS, 10 Tommy AMPHLETT (Tanner SELYER 16′), 11 Tony TAYLOR (Shaun TIMMINS 46′), 12 Andy HIGGINS (Tommy JONES 67′), 15 Scott BLACKMORE – Substitutes not used – RGK Todd HOYLE