ECU Women’s side fight out draw with Gulls

ECU Women’s side fight out draw with Gulls

Posted on June 23, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have started life in the Women State League Division One with a 2-2 draw against local rivals Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Head Coach Terry Maton was happy with their first performance. “For a long period in the first half we never won our battles and they were physically stronger than us,” he explained.

“But this is a young team that have some experienced players helping them get through the difficult times in games

“I’m proud of everyone involved at the club as they went to the very end for the badge on their jersey, so its onwards and upwards – Back to the training ground Wednesday ladies.”

It was an historic day for all involved, the clubs first ever women’s game, and they looked a little hesitant early and it was the hosts who opened the scoring on 20 minutes. It was Sorrento doing all the attacking and the Jacks had keeper Ash Riddle to thank, producing a number of fine saves to thwart the Gulls.

The Jacks settled and started moving the ball around, and it was great to watch for the visiting supporters, and they made a number of chances of their own, but at the break it was Sorrento leading 1-0.

After the half time team talk by coach Terry Maton, the Jacks came out with a lot more fight and passion in their game, and it wasn’t a surprise when the Jacks found the equaliser on the hour.

Danielle Maton found space in the middle of the park and her stunning strike from 20 meters out flew into the net, much to the delight of her team mates.

ECU piled on the pressure and a brilliant through ball by Danielle Maton on 72 minutes found Caitlin Quinn who calmly controlled and slotted the ball past the Sorrento keeper to put ECU in the lead. Sorrento fought back and seven minutes later they scored the equaliser, to give each sides a share of the spoils.

“It was a special day for the side, the clubs first competitive game and it was a hard fought out derby encounter by both teams,” ECU Manager Vanessa O’Brien said. “We had a good chat at half time and the team came out and played really well which was very encouraging.

“But a drew was the right result for both teams at the end of the day, but we move on to next week when we host Port Kennedy at the ECU Football Stadium on Sunday – kick-off 1pm – Get down and get behind the Pride of the North.”

ECU Joondalup Women’s Team – GK Ashleigh Riddle, 2 Jessie Backshall, 3 Caitlin Quinn, 4 Sophie Thompson, 6 Fiona Mays, 7 Frankie Murray, 8 Lisa Daly, 10 Chloe Burke, 11 Denkenesh Hayes, 12 Danielle Maton (C), 13 Jess Tilford, 14 Jackie Nellany, 15 Ash Homer, 16 Angela David, 17 Tinette Van Niekerk