Smith goal to late for ECU

Smith goal to late for ECU

Posted on June 19, 2015 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup were again edged out 2-1, as Inglewood United’s revival continued in the PS4 National Premier League WA at the ECU Football Stadium.

David Micevski and Ryan Clarke both scored for Inglewood in the first half hour, and even though Joe Smith got one back for ECU in the second half it was too little too late.

ECU coach Dale McCulloch said that with the amount of chances they created in the first half they were unfortunate to come away without a point. “With the first half of the season out of the way we have to reassess our goals, but if we show that effort week in week out, we will win games,” he said. “We’re just finding it a bit unlucky at the moment but you have to work for your luck and hopefully that will change.”

McCulloch said having so many veteran players out injured isn’t ideal, but their squad is increasing its depth by having so many young players step up to the mark. “We had two guys make their debut last week [Annis and Bisset] and two again today [Hirrell and Prout] and they were excellent.”

The home side were out of the blocks early and went close to the opener in the first minute, Josh Tucker crossed to Jon Stynes, but the midfielder’s headed flashed wide of the target. It was the visitors who showed them how to do five minutes later. Jarrad McNally’s cross was headed back across goal by Abdul Sesay, and Micevski fired home from close-range. Inglewood doubled their lead on 26 minutes, with a helping hand from their hosts.

The lively Kenny Keogh pressed ECU defender Charlie Comyn-Platt, and he lost possession, and Clarke unleashed a shot that gave ECU keeper Jamie Serra no chance. ECU was shell-shocked but they still had chances to get back into the game. First Stynes saw his header cleared off the line, before Tommy Amphlett nipped in after some hesitant defending, but Aleks Vrteski stood tall to narrow the angle, and his shot went wide of the target. Inglewood could have added a third just before halftime, but Jason Colli’s shot was well saved by Serra.

But the home side were back in the game six minutes into the second half. Smith capitalized on a mistake in at the back from the visitors, and his shot deflected up and over Vrteski. The Inglewood custodian kept his side in front, with a great save at full stretch to deny Amphlett’s long-range shot on the hour. Jovo Pavlovic should have put the game to bed on 69 minutes, but the defender shot high and wide after ECU failed to deal with a corner. With ECU looking for the equaliser, Inglewood was catching them on the break, and Clarke fired wide, before Serra was out bravely to save at the feet of David Sesay. Micevski and David Sesay both had late chances but failed to convert but the damage had been done early.

ECU Joondalup: GK Jamie SERRA, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT (c), 5 Cian HIRRELL (16 Joel PROUT 86′), 6 Jon STYNES, 8 Joe SMITH, 9 Guy McDONALD (10 Stuart MONTGOMERY 77′), 11 Rowdy YATES (17 Bayley MONTGOMERY 57′), 12 Josh TUCKER, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14. Ollie ANNIS – Subs not used: RGK Ash MAYNARD-BREWER, 15 Kye DOUGLAS

Inglewood United: GK Aleks VRTESKI, 2 Rikki SMITH, 7 Kenny KEOGH (8 Scott WITSCHGE 75’), 9 Ryan CLARKE (22 Davide PANAIA 90+1’), 10 David MICEVSKI, 12 Tim GOULD, 13 Jovo PAVLOVIC (c), 14 Jarrod MCNALLY, 18 Jason COLLI, 21 Abdul SESAY, 23 Andrija JUKIC (11 David SESAY 60′) – Subs not used: RGK Mitchell PAPAS, 6 Matthew IZZO

Referee: Steven Gregory