Foster’s early goal not enough for ECU

Foster’s early goal not enough for ECU

Posted on September 5, 2014 in 'Reports'

A goal in stoppage time from Stirling Lions midfielder David Micevski has given them a 2-1 win against ECU Joondalup at the ECU Football Arena. The game looking like it was heading for a draw before the late strike.

David Foster had given ECU the lead in the 33rd minute for ECU but Robert Petkov capitalised on a goal keeper fumble to level the scores before Micevski led the Lions to victory.

ECU captain Jon Higgins said they would have settled for a draw. “Points aren’t an objective for us anymore so we took a gamble and they caught us on the break,” he said. “But to be fair they were dictating the game.”

Higgins said the results have not gone their way this season but there are a lot of positives to carry over into next year. “We’ve got some young players in the squad that have gained a lot of confidence from playing at this level, so next year we’ll have bigger aspirations.” They head to Subiaco next week where Higgins hopes to finish on a high. “We still want to win but it’s mainly about incorporating into our game what we practice in training, and playing how we want to play,” he said.

An uneventful first half was only highlighted by the first goal. Jake Benson-Cooper delivered a deep ball into the box for Jon Stynes to head over keeper Aleks Vrteski, and Foster (left) helped the ball over the line.  At the other end keeper Andy Banks couldn’t keep hold of Moses Kalau’s powerful shot in the 54th minute and Petkov pounced to equalise for the visitors.

ECU had a spell around the hour mark but Vrteski did well to keep out Foster from Danny Dixon’s pass across goal. Foster’s best chance came in the 65th minute as Stynes’ ball over the top put him through on goal, but his half volley fired wide.

ECU’s defence did its best to deflect a barrage of shots, and Banks made up for his earlier mistake with some solid saves. But Micevski’s class shone through with a great strike from the edge of the area. Lions coach Gary Williams was happy with the win. “I thought the first half was poor but I told them and got a good reaction in the second half,” he said.

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 John HIGGINS (c), 5 Carl RODGERS, 6 Jon STYNES, 7 Henry DURR, 8 Joe SMITH, 9 David FOSTER (19 Stuart MONTGOMERY 58’), 10 Andy HIGGINS (12 Dejan SPASESKI 61’), 11 Danny DIXON (16 Daniel HEPWORTH 71’), 14 Jake BENSON-COOPER – Subs not used: RGK Jamie SERRA, 15 William BISSETT

Stirling Lions: GK Aleks VRTESKI, 2 Rikki SMITH (5 Dean EVANS 64’), 3 Michael PUGLIESE, 4 Jovo PAVLOVIC, 6 Robert PETKOV, 7 Miki VUJACIC (13 Jack SALTER 79’), 8 Andy BROWN, 9 Moses KALAU, 10 David MICEVSKI, 11 Phil ARNOLD, 12 Ali GHOULAMI (14 Clayton ARNEZ 64’),

Subs not used:  RGK Connor CAMPBELL, 15 Denis GALAN

Referee: Adam Fielding