Champions leave it late to beat ECU

Champions leave it late to beat ECU

Posted on July 11, 2015 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup left Frank Drago Reserve empty-handed, after a fantastic battling performance, but Adam Tong scored a memorable 90th-minute debut winner as Bayswater City snatched a 2-1 victory in Saturday PS4 National Premier League clash.

Gustavo Giron Marulanda’s first-half goal gave the home side the lead, but Stuart Montgomery looked like he had earned ECU a point when he levelled nine minutes from time, but Tong, who recently joined City from Balcatta scored the winner to extend to eight points Bayswater’s lead at the top of the table

The game was soured in injury time when players from both teams were involved in a melee that resulted in goalkeepers Devon Spence and Jamie Serra receiving red cards.

It was a disappointing end for ECU who had worked their back into the contest in a promising second half. ECU coach Dale McCulloch was disappointed not to get the draw he felt they deserved. “We really dug deep today,” he said. “(It was) probably the best we’ve played all season and I’ve said it for the last four weeks – I’m really proud of them. “It’s just hard when we’re not getting the results out of it.”

Goalscorer Montgomery echoed the coach’s thoughts on the game. “As a team we battled,” he said. “(We) did everything the coach asked us to do and just got robbed at the last minute. “But that’s been our season – just no luck.”

Bayswater opened brightly and were rewarded with the lead on 14 minutes. Todd Howarth played the ball out David Heagney on the right; he pulled the ball back to Marulanda, who fired home from eight yards.

The home side continued to dictate terms and Borbor Sam’s cross shot was inches away from Declan Hargreaves at the back post. Then former ECU winger Danny Dixon saw his shot from the edge of the penalty area tipped around the post by Serra.

After the break ECU got more into the game and five minutes in Tommy Amphlett’s corner found the unmarked Jon Higgins, but his shot flashed just wide of the target.

Serra was having a superb game and on the hour Heagney sent Marulanda racing clear, but the keeper stood tall to deny him.
ECU were having a good go at the league leaders and their pressure paid off  on 81 minutes when Cian Hirrell crossed from the left for Stuart Montgomery to head home and draw the visitors’ level.

It looked like ECU had earned a well-earned point, but in the final minute, Howarth’s corner from the right was met by Tong, and his near post header flew into the net to give the home side the points.

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 9 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA (25 Jason SALDARIS 94), 12 Adam TONG, 13 Trent KAY (C), 14 Danny DIXON (8 Paul McCARTHY 78), 16 Jamie COYNE, 17 BorBor SAM (15 Brian FARRELL 56), 21 David HEAGNEY, 23 Christopher SALDARIS.Subs not used: 7 Alex WILD,10 Patiente ILAHAMBAYE

ECU Joondalup: GK Jamie SERRA, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Jon HIGGINS (C), 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Cian HIRRELL, 7 Paul MILLER, 8 Joe SMITH, 9 Stuart MONTGOMERY, 10 Andy HIGGINS (11 Bayley MONTGOMERY 64), 12 Josh TUCKER (6 Ryan McDARBY 9)(16 Ciore McGUIGAN 43), 13 Tommy AMPHLETTSubs not used: RGK Andy BANKS, 14 Harry BISSETT,

Referee: David Bruce