ECU too good for Floreat

ECU too good for Floreat

Posted on March 24, 2014 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup continued their unbeaten start to the National Premier League season with a stunning 4-1 win against Floreat Athena at the E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday. (Photo – Floreat striker David Heagney and ECU defender Ryan Townsend in action – by Cody Yorke)

Ryan Townsend headed the visitors ahead early, before a brace from skipper John Higgins put them in total control before the break. Jon Stynes added a fourth just after half time, while a penalty from David Heagney was the only consolation for the home side. “Teams are struggling to keep up with the high intensity football we’re playing at the moment. Nice to see were creating chances and taking them as well,” ECU midfielder Stynes said. “I’m enjoying the style were playing and happy I’ve scored a couple goals this early on in the season as well.”

In other games on the day the under 18’s beat Floreat 3-2, with Callem Bochell scoring a brace and Ronald Rixer scoring the other. The under 20’s came back from 3-0 down to beat Floreat 4-3. Benn Wantee scoring a brace, the winner was scored later by Henry Durr.

Dale McCulloch made just the one change from last week’s side that beat Perth Glory, with Charlie Comyn-Platt missing due to injury, his spot in the side went to David Caine.

ECU opened brightly and they were first to strike and were ahead on 10 minutes. John Higgins corner was only cleared to the edge of the penalty area, and it was headed back into the box by Joe Smith and Townsend rose highest to head home. ECU, who has a good record against Floreat on the road, doubled their advantage on 23 minutes. Tommy Amphlett’s in-swinging corner was headed powerfully home by John Higgins.

Then two minutes later it was 3-0. Amphlett was hauled down on the edge of the penalty area and John Higgins’ resulting set piece gave Tom Dixon no chance. It could have been worse for the home side but Dixon, who was making his league debut for the club, saved superbly from Amphlett’s volley just before the break.

Floreat started the second half well, but it was ECU who increased their lead on 52 minutes. Amphlett sent Lee Jones clear, his shot was well saved by Dixon, but Stynes was quickest to react and tapped home the rebound. Dixon saved well again to deny Amphlett moments later, and ECU keeper Andy Banks was alert superbly tipping over Haegney’s shot.

ECU should have added to their lead but David Foster, Veo Human and Jake Benson-Cooper failed to convert. Floreat scored a late consolation goal in stoppage time, Heagney converting from the spot after Benson-Cooper was adjudged to have handled in the area.
National Premier League WA – Week 3
ECU Joondalup 4 (Ryan TOWNSEND 10’, Jon HIGGINS 23’, 25’, Jon STYNES 52’)
Floreat Athena 1 (David HEAGNEY 90’)
Saturday 22 March, 2014
E&D Litis Stadium, Mount Hawthorn
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Matthew Southern
Assistant referees: Mathew Cheeseman and Gabby Merlallo
Floreat Athena – GK Tom DIXON, 2 Blair GOVAN, 3 Jack ALLEN, 6 Aryn WILLIAMS, 8 Thomas GOODING, 9 David HEAGNEY, 10 Ashley CORKER (33 Mark WALSH ’65), 11 Mwansa MUSONDA (16 Andrew SCALDAFERRO 45’), 15 Victor FENEHIA, 17 Callam FRANSZ (4 Marniang MATHAING 65’), 19 Bobby WILSON – Substitutes not used – RGK Yousri GHARSALLAH, 35 Sam BARBAS
Yellow cards: Jack ALLEN 77’
ECU Joondalup – GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Jon HIGGINS, 5 Ryan TOWNSEND, 6 Jon STYNES, 7 Dave CAINE, 8 Joe SMITH, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Lee JONES (9 Dave FOSTER 66’), 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (17 Veo HUMAN 75’), 14 Jake BENSON-COOPER
Substitutes not used: RGK Ashley MAYNARD-BREWER, 12 Gareth CRAWLEY, 16 Jack CAIRNS – Yellow cards: AMPHLETT 13’, SMITH 40’, Jon HIGGINS 90’