ECU show great resolve to beat the Reds

ECU show great resolve to beat the Reds

Posted on August 12, 2015 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup produced a performance full of guts and determination to beat Armadale 3-1 at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday.

Fresh off a thrashing at the hands of Floreat Athena last week, Dale McCulloch’s side hit the front mid-way through the first half with Harry Bissett on target. But two goals in two minutes early in the second half from Bayley Montgomery (right) and Tommy Amphlett gave them the points, while Darren Francis scored the consolation goal for the home side.

“We knew travelling down to Armadale was going to be a battle for 90 minutes, even with everything that’s been going on there was a massive buzz leading into this game,” ECU defender Josh Tucker said. “Armadale are a spirited side who work there socks off and we matched it all over the park, created lots of chances and defended very well and our quality shown threw. I thought the senior players really took control and drove the team; it’s just great to get the 3 points on the table.”

The home side, who like their visitors has been hit hard by injuries, opened the brighter. Raveshlan Kuppusamy went close to the opener after he reacted quicker to Andy Banks punch, but the striker’s lob was superbly saved by the ECU custodian.  Amphlett then went one-on-one with Wilson, but his shot hit the post.

But on the half hour the visitors hit the front. Bissett, who had replaced Stuart Montgomery on 14 minutes, controlled Amphlett’s cross cross superbly on his chest and finished clinically past Dylan Wilson.  Both sides pressed for the rest of the half but chances were few and far between.

ECU had the perfect opportunity to double their advantage when they were awarded a penalty, after Bissett was brought down, but Amphlett spot kick sailed over the top. But that miss was forgotten four minutes later when they did double their lead.  A mix up between keeper and defender allowed Bayley Montgomery to nip and round the keeper to score from close-range.

The result was put beyond the home side moments later, Amphlett making up for his penalty miss firing home from the edge of the box. They continued to press and Ollie Annis’ long-range shot whistled wide of the target, before Bayley Montgomery fired wide after a great build up. Armadale scored their consolation goal in the third minute of stoppage time, but Francis’ looping header was too little too late.

ECU coach Dale McCulloch was delighted with his side’s response following the 7-2 thrashing at home to Floreat last week. “There are a lot of emotions right now. They (the players) turned up Tuesday in such good spirits. They were up for it from Tuesday and its all credit to them, they’ve been brilliant,” he said. “First 20 minutes Armadale were the better side. It was a scrappy game but we settled into it, got the goal and the momentum started to shift.”
Match Details:

Armadale: GK Dylan WILSON, 11.Jackson BEALEY, 17 Sam KHANKHALILI (2 Sam COLE 67′), 5 Sam LOVELESS, 14 Mitch CASTRILLI (4 Shaydon PASSALACQUA 47′) , 6.Jake SARDELIC, 8 Jesse FULLER,  9 Darren FRANCIS, 10 Raveshlan KUPPUSAMY, 16 Anthony SKORICH (3 Kade McNAMARA 78′), 12 Faustinho MACHOCHI – Yellow cards: McNamara 88′

ECU Joondalup: GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Cian HIRRELL, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Coire McGUIGAN, 6 Josh TUCKER, 7 Ollie ANNIS, 8 Joe SMITH, 10 Stuart MONTGOMERY (12 Harry BISSETT 14′), 11 Bayley MONTGOMERY (15 Damien SIMIC 90+1′), 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (9 Paddy DOYLE 77′) – Subs not used: RGK Jamie SERRA, 14 Ronald RIXER – Yellow cards: Hirrell 28′ Lowry 52′

Referee: Matthew SOUTHERN