Gulls fly home with the points

Gulls fly home with the points

Posted on March 31, 2014 in 'Reports'

Sorrento leapfrogged ECU Joondalup after a 3-1 win in the northern derby at the ECU Sports Arena.

The home side were ahead early through Jon Stynes, but Reece Vittiglia levelled for Sorrento on the stroke of half time. Second half goals to Brodie Martin and Todd Harnwell gave the points to Sorrento to move the Gulls into second spot.

“We were really disappointed with the loss after such a promising start to the season,” said assistant Coach Craig Stephenson.

“They (Sorrento) played with good discipline and it was hard for us to break them down. We will be looking to make emends this week in the Cup.”

It was a perfect start for the home side and they were ahead on 12 minutes. Jon Higgins’s corner picked out Stynes who headed home from close-range past a stranded Curtis Aspden. Joondalup continued to dominate and Lee Jones headed wide when well-placed and Jake Benson-Cooper picked out Tommy Amphlett who couldn’t find the target.  Sorrento picked up and began to get into the game and they were rewarded with the equaliser on the stroke of half time.

They won a free kick, 20-meters from goal and Vittigilia curled the ball up and over the wall and into the top corner of the net, giving Andy Banks no chance. The tensions boiled over before the break when James Morgan’s tackle on Joe Smith started a push and shove between both sets of players. The midfielder was lucky not to be sent off as he had been booked earlier in the half.

After half time the Gulls took control and hit the front four minutes in.  Daryl Platten ball into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by ECU, and it fell to Martin, who bundled the ball over the line from close-range. The home side went close to the equaliser on the hour as the rain hit the ground. Benson-Cooper saw his bullet-like shot superbly saved by Aspden.

The points were wrapped up in the last minute, Harnwell chipping Banks to send the Sorrento faithful home happy. “It was a tough game but we deserved the points, and I thought it was our best performance of the season,” said Sorrento defender Shaun Kilkelly. “The club have had the wood on them for a while, and they have started the season well, so it’s great to come up here and get the points and jump ahead of them on the table.”

ECU Joondalup 1 (Stynes 11’)

Sorrento 3 (Vittiglia 42’, Martin 49’, Harnwell 89’)

Saturday 29th March, 2014

ECU Sports Centre

Attendance: approx. 250

Kick Off: 3:00pm

Referee: David Costello

Assistant Referees: Tom Dowell, Rory Young

ECU Joondalup – GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Jon HIGGINS, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 6 Jon STYNES (9 David FOSTER 70’), 7 Dave CAINE, 8 Joe SMITH, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Lee JONES, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (16 Genaveo HUMAN 56’), 14 Jake BENSON-COOPER – Substitutes not used – RGK Ramiro LESCANO, 12 Gareth CRAWLEY, 15 Jack CAIRNS

Sorrento – GK Curtis ASPDEN, 2 Danny CAIN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 6 Daryl PLATTEN (5 Adam LUCA 79’), 7 James A MORGAN, 8 Brodie MARTIN, 9 Todd HARNWELL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 14 Scott BULLOCH (21 Mike MCGINLEY 75’), 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 18 Sean CANHAM – Substitutes not used – RGK James MORGAN, 3 Alex BRAIN, 15 Razack GELOO