Perth too strong for ECU

Perth too strong for ECU

Posted on May 10, 2014 in 'Reports'

Perth SC put aside a slow start to beat ECU Joondalup 4-0 at the ECU Football Arena. Mark Pritchard and Aden Da Luz each scored a brace to keep Perth second on the National Premier Leagues ladder, seven points behind leaders Bayswater City.

“We expected a physical, high tempo start to the game and they didn’t disappoint. Having said that, I felt we managed the first half well and scored at important times in the half,” Perth

midfielder Clark Keltie said. “It’s a sign of a good team when you have players all over the park who can get on the score sheet, and I thought Mark Pritchard composure in front of goal was quality.”

It was even opening with both sides going close but the home side lost influential midfielder Jon Stynes after only 27 minutes, and two minutes later the visitors took the lead. Ryan Lowry was caught in possession, and the home side thought he was fouled, but referee Tim Mihevc waved play on and Friday Zico raced away, he played in Ashley Rosindale who unselfishly released Pritchard to score into an open goal.

Perth doubled their lead ten minutes later and again it was Rosindale who was the supplier. The striker raced clear down the flank, and picked out Pritchard on the edge of the penalty area who fired low past Andy Banks. ECU looked to hit back and went close before the break. Jon Higgins’ corner found Tommy Amphlett, but his shot was tipped over the bar by Alex Dunn.

The home side were out of the blocks early after the re-start and Jon Higgins’ and Jake Benson-Cooper both went close, but with skipper Craig Simpson and Luka Njegich in good form they couldn’t find the break through. Perth steadied and made it 3-0 on 64 minutes, Da Luz was given far too much room in the box and his low shot beat Banks. The visitors put the icing on the cake two minutes from time, second half substitute Andreas Theodosiades crossed to Da Luz who scored from close-range.

ECU Joondalup – GK Andy BANKS, 2vRyan LOWRY, 3 Jon HIGGINS, 4  Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5  Ryan TOWNSEND, 6  Jon STYNES (11 Lee JONES 27’), 7 Dave CAINE, 8 Joe SMITH, 10 Danny DIXON,  13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Jake BENSON-COOPER (12 Jack McMASTER 54’) – Subs not used – RGK Ramiro LESCANO,  9 David FOSTER, 15 Genaveo HUMAN

Perth SC – GK Alex DUNN, 2 Josh WILKINS, 4 Craig SIMPSON, 3 Luka NJEGICH, 20 James MAROCCHI, 15 Mark DONINGER, 6 Clarke KELTIE (22 Thomas SOUTHGATE 79’), 8 Aden DA LUZ, 14 Mark PRITCHARD, 9 Friday ZICO (19 Andreas THEODOSIADES 75’), 10 Ashley ROSINDALE (16 Nicholas AMBROGIO 72’) – Subs not used: RGK Domenic SAVOLDELLI, 11 Connor BECSI

Referee: Tim Mihevc