ECU takes the Glory after second half blitz

ECU takes the Glory after second half blitz

Posted on March 17, 2014 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup produced a stunning second half performance to beat Perth Glory 5-1 at the ECU Sports Stadium.

Former Joondalup defender Joe Knowles gave the Glory the lead at the break, but Lee Jones and a Tommy Amphlett (Right) double, at the start of the second half put the home side in control.  David Foster and Jon Stynes scored later to put the icing on the cake.

“We’re delighted with the second half performance, the lads stuck to our game plan and it went our way today,” said assistant coach Craig Stephenson. “We’re beginning to gel as a team and we have depth in the squad this year, which only bodes well for the season ahead.”

It was an even opening to the game with chances few and far between, but it was the visitors who hit the front on 24 minutes. Knowles wasn’t closed down on the edge of the penalty area, and the defender fired home past Andy Banks. ECU pressed late in the half and Jones shot crashed off the post, and had another header cleared off the line. The aerial attack from ECU continued and Ryan Townsend’s header was well saved by Fraser Greenwood.

Whatever coach Dale McCulloch said at half time worked, and they were level four minutes in. A perfectly weighted pass from ECU skipper Jon Higgins sent Jones clear, and the former Joondalup United striker fired low past Greenwood, for his first goal in top flight football in the state. Moments later it was 2-1, Amphlett found space in the middle of the park and his 25-yard shot flew into the corner of the net. The ground announcer was still updating the crowd when ECU added a third. Jones cut the ball back from the bye-line and Amphlett taped home from close-range.

The young Glory side was shell shocked and their pain had finished yet, as ECU added a fourth nine minutes from time. Second half substitute Genaveo Human’s pin-point cross picked out Foster who headed home from close-range. It was 5-1 in stoppage time. Amphlett turned his marker in the penalty area and his shot crashed off the crossbar, the rebound fell kindly to Stynes who headed in the rebound from close-range.

Disappointed Glory coach Scott Miller said the performance had been unlike his team. “Three goals in five minutes showed that they (ECU) are playing men’s football and we’re not,” he said.

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Jon HIGGINS (c), 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Ryan TOWNSEND (12 Genaveo HUMAN 79’), 6 Jon STYNES, 8 Joe SMITH, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Lee JONES ( 9 Dave FOSTER 73’), 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Jake BENSON-COOPER (7 Dave CAINE 65’) – Substitutes not used: RGK Tim Doyle – Yellow cards: Tommy AMPHLETT 41’

Perth Glory: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 2 Josh TUCKER, 3 Rocco PIZATA (15 Alex CASTIELLO 65’), 4 Jack OLDHAM, 5 Scott ROBERTSON, 6 Blamo QUA QUA (c), 7 Riley WOODCOCK, 8 Cameron Edwards, 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Lawrence SHURUMA ( 16 Jacob COLLARD 70’), 17 Gian ALBANO – Substitutes not used: RGK Ryan BARKER 11 Slobodan VULIN, 18 Hanafi GHAZALI – Yellow Cards: Nil

Referee: Steven Gregory