ECU prevail in local derby

ECU prevail in local derby

Posted on April 19, 2015 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have beaten Sorrento 2-1 in a hard fought local derby at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday night.

Danny Dixon gave ECU the lead early, before Sorrento defender Shaun Kilkelly levelled for the home side. There were chances at both ends but Jon Stynes popped up with the winner four minutes from time. “I’m really happy to get a win on the board and to start accumulating some points,” a happy ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said after the win. “I felt we were the better side and deserved our win but in saying that they do put you under pressure when they go direct so it was a nervous last few minutes. The whole side worked so hard and got there rewards at the end, so I’m really happy for the club to get all three wins away to a strong club like Sorrento.”

It was the start of Football West’s ‘Rivalry Round’ and it didn’t disappoint with a big crowd on hand under lights to watch the local rivals do battle and it was ECU made the break through on 22 minutes. Joe Smith made space on the edge of the penalty area and played in Dixon who fired low past James Morgan. But the home side hit back eight minutes later. A free kick into the penalty area from Jason Mirco wasn’t dealt with and Kilkelly fired home from close-range. ECU finished the half well on top, and seven minutes before the break, Dixon whipped in a great cross to Tommy Amphlett who side footed into the net, but the flag was up for offside. Moments later Dixon’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area was superbly saved by Morgan at full stretch. But at the break it was all-square.

Chances were few and far between after the break and both sides wasted opportunities. Sorrento forced a number of corners but didn’t really test Jamie Serra. ECU looked the more threatening and Stynes saw his header well saved by Morgan, before Amphlett beat the offside trap rounded the keeper but he couldn’t find Stynes at the back post. It looked like it the points would be shared but on 86 minutes ECU scored the winner. A great cross by Ryan Lowry picked out Stynes and the midfielder fired home much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Match winner Jon Stynes has returned from injury and said it’s great to be back and delighted with the three points. “It was a hard fought win against a very physical Sorrento side, but we stuck to our own structures and style of play to win the game,” he said. “It feels good to be back playing now after my injury and was happy to get the winning goal, and hopefully that’s one of many for the season.”

Sorrento 1 (Kilkelly 28’)

ECU Joondalup 2 (Dixon 20’, Stynes 84’)

Referee Josh Manella

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 2 Danny CAIN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY (c), 9 Todd HARNWELL, 10 Jason MIRCO, 11 Thomas BOSS (5 Adam LUCA 85′), 12 Jack EADES, 16 Niccolo SABATINI, 18 Sean CANHAM, 19 Jack SALTER (8 Ryan PEARSON 51′), 20 Brad McDONALD (22 Lewis HALL 82′)Substitutes not used: RGK Jordan BLANK, 13 Steven McDONALDYellow Cards: MORGAN 19′, BOSS 60′, KILKELLY 90’Red Cards: Nil

ECU Joondalup: GK Jamie SERRA, 2. Ryan LOWRY, 4. Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5. Carl RODGERS, 6. Jon STYNES, 8 Joe SMITH, 9 Guy MCDONALD ( 3 Jon HIGGINS 61’), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Rowdy YATES (18 Stuart MONTGOMERY 81′), 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Danny DIXON (12 Josh TUCKER 71′)Substitutes not used: RGK Ashley MAYNARD-BREWER 17 Bayley MONTGOMERY, Yellow cards: Guy MCDONALD 27’Red cards: Nil