Dixon shines as ECU beats Glory

Dixon shines as ECU beats Glory

Posted on June 20, 2014 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup made it three wins from three NPL-WA games in recent weeks, thanks to second half goals from defender Charlie Comyn-Platt and second half substitute Jon Stynes, but it winger Danny Dixon who really excelled.

The former Bayswater City player was happy with his contribution in a good all round ECU team performance. “It was a good game,” mentioned Dixon.
“The Glory are a good side, and got on top in the second half, they never gave us time on the ball either which made things quite difficult. I thought it was a hard game but I thought we deserved the points in the end.”

Glory contested the physical battle early, but Coach Scott Miller said they cannot compete with that aspect of the game. “I think we played a good team,” he said.
“We had a few chances and it would have been good to take a few in the first half, but I think the pure physicality of men against boys (was tough), our average age was only about 18 today.”
“I was really, really happy with the boys today.”

ECU opened brightly and went close early; Dixon’s shot was well saved by Fraser Greenwood. The home side went close on 11minutes, when former ECU midfielder Joe Knowles found himself free in the penalty area, but his shot was well saved by veteran keeper Andy Banks.

Glory lively midfielder Bor Bor Sambindi was causing problems down the flanks, and he almost scored ten minutes before the break. He was on the end of free kick, but his flashed inches past the post. Joondalup almost hit the front in stoppage time, Dixon found himself on-on-one with defender Hanafi Ghazali, but his long-range shot was tipped over the bar by Greenwood

ECU hit the front seven minutes into the second half. Jake Benson-Cooper picked out Dixon with a superb cross field ball. The winger cut inside his defender, but again his shot was deflected over the bar for a corner. From the resulting Jon Higgins’ corner, Charlie Comyn-Platt rose highest to head home at the back post.

Stuart Montgomery then tried his luck from the half way line, which drifted wide, and Dixon’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area was tipped over by Greenwood. The Glory custodian was inspired but there was little he could do when the visitors made it 2-0 on 75 minutes. The Glory were caught in possession in the middle of the park by Stynes, who played a one-two with Montgomery, before back heeling the ball past Greenwood, and win all three points for Dale McCulloch’s side

Perth Glory: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 2 Giant ALBANO, 3 Scott ROBERTSON (15 Mark BARNETT 81’) 4 Jacob COLLARD, 5 Hanafi GHAZALI, 6 Blame QUAQUA, 7 Bor Bor Sambindi, 8 Mathhew NTOUMENOPOLOUS, 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Slob VULIN (19 Nic TALIMDEZIOSKI 81’)
Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER 17. Calvin WHITNEY, 18. Sam McKEARNAN,
Yellow Cards: GHAZALI 5’
ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Jon Higgins, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 7 Henry DURR, 8 Joe SMITH, 9 David Foster (6 Jon STYNES 50’) 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Danny DIXON, 14 Jake BENSON-COOPER (16 Ryan McDARBY 83’) 19 Stuart MONTGOMERY (5 Ryan TOWNSEND 77’)
Subs not used: RGK Jamie SERRA, 17 Parviz SHIRADI
Yellow Cards: NIL
Referee: Dave Scrali