ECU wins the local derby but it’s not enough

ECU wins the local derby but it’s not enough

Posted on February 14, 2014 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup’s 2014 Football West Night Series campaign came to end on Friday night, despite a 4-2 win against Joondalup United in a local derby at the Kingsway Reserve.

It was a great start for Dale McCulloch’s side and David Caine fired wide when well place early. That was forgotten moments later, Jon Stynes firing them ahead on five minutes. It was 2-0 on the quarter hour, David Foster scoring his first goal since his return to the club.

United hit back just before half time, Lee Jones slotted calmly past the Andy Banks to leave to score 2-1 at the interval.

ECU suffered a blow just after the break when Charlie Comyn-Platt was forced off the pitch with a knee injury. Then moments later United levelled, Neil Middler heading home unmarked at the back post.

They weren’t level for long, as minutes later Tommy Amphlett volleyed home superbly from the edge of the penalty area to give ECU back the lead.

The points were wrapped up late, Ryan McDarby’s through sent Amphlett clear, his shot was well saved by James Bosdet, but Foster was alert to fire home the rebound.

ECU had done all they could, and then had to wait for the late game to see if they had reached the quarter finals. But in the late game Ashfield beat Wanneroo City 4-1 and won the group on goal difference.

Ryan McDarby was happy with the result, but was disappointed to miss out on a quarter finals berth. “It was a tough game, but it was pleasing the boys all dug in and came out with a win,” said McDarby.

“Obviously we’re all disappointed to go out on goal difference, but we can take some positives and keep training hard the next few weeks leading into the first game of the season.”

United coach Danny Smith wasn’t too downhearted afterwards though, and was pleased with the attitude of his players after they went behind early on go.

“We know we let ourselves down last night with some silly errors but the positives are that we asked for a reaction at half time and got one,” he said.

“To come back from 2-0 against ECU shows the character we have and the belief in the squad.”