Jacks made to work for the points

Jacks made to work for the points

Posted on July 5, 2020 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have started the rescheduled 2020 NPL WA season with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Cockburn City at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Danny Hodgson gave the Jacks the lead from the penalty spot on 36 minutes, but the visitors were then reduced to ten men with Ashley Rosindale sent off. The ten men lifted and had plenty of chances to level, including a penalty, which Jacks keeper Johnny Perkins saved. The points were wrapped up late with Andy Higgins scoring to send the Jacks supporters home happy.

Click here to listen to Head Coach Kenny Lowe and striker Danny Hodgson’s post-match interviews.

In his first home game as ECU Joondalup Head Coach Kenny Lowe gave NPL debuts to Callum Timmins, Luke Bodnar, Danny Hodgson, Samuel Riak and birthday boy Riley Warland. There was also a return to the Campus for former Wellington Phoenix defender Ryan Lowry and Perth Glory’s Ethan Brooks.

It was a great day for football with new club President Mark Donnelly in attendance, but it wasn’t the best of starts with Riak limping off with injury after only nine minutes, he was replaced with another debutant Harry Evans.

Cockburn looked lively early, and Rosindale blazed over from close-range, before Perkins got down well to deny Rosindale moments later. But on 36 minutes, against the run of play, the Jacks hit the front.

A ball into the penalty found Hodgson, who was bundled over by Breckan Baker, and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Hodgson picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way to convert the resulting penalty to give the Jacks the lead.

It went from bad to worse for Cockburn and six minutes later Rosindale was sent off. The home side ended the half the better and when Brooks found Hodgson on the edge of the penalty area, the strikers shot whistled inches over the top.

Moments later Hodgson’s powerful shot was pushed away by Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich, and at the break the Jacks held a 1-0 lead.

The Jacks were on the front foot early in the second half and Evans’ effort from close-range was blocked and cleared, before Evans turned provider on the hour, teeing up Hodgson whose shot was well saved by the alert Radonich.

But Cockburn weren’t going away and they started to get on top with skipper Cameron Edwards and former Perth Glory defender Riley Woodcock prominent.

Then on 68 minutes they were given a lifeline when Shane Cassidy brought down Ryan Platt and the referee pointed to the spot. Kristian Santich stepped up but Perkins guessed the right way to save his spot kick.

Cockburn were now well on top and it was backs to the wall for Kenny Lowe’s side, with Cassidy and Lowry outstanding at the heart of the defence, while Perkins did well at his near post to save Woodcock’s curling free kick.

But with Cockburn pushing men forward the Jacks caught them out deep into stoppage time to seal the three points. A quick free kick from Evans found Warland down the left, he cut the ball back to Higgins who raced forward and finished with a great strike from the edge of the penalty area, giving Radonich no chance.

In other games against Cockburn City on Saturday Mark Scanlan’s under 18’s drew 2-2. Goals from Laat Mathiang and Joe Birch gave the Jacks at 2-0 lead but goals from Marko Bulatovic and Zac Reid made the final score 2-2.

New Under 20’s coach Rob Mahan got his season off with a hard fought 2-1 win against Cockburn. Ben Hinshelwood gave the Jacks the lead on 10 minutes, but Hudson Bliss levelled on the hour. The winner came from Dor Jok on 71 minutes, to seal the win.

The Jacks hit the road next week when they take on Inglewood United at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium.

Jacks Man of the Match – Shane Cassidy

ECU Joondalup – GK Johnny PERKINS, 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sam RIAK (11 Harry EVANS 9’), 7 Danny HODGSON, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 12 Callum TIMMINS, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 62’), 14 Ethan BROOKS (8 Tom HOUGH 73’), 16 Shane CASSIDY, 18 Luke BODNAR – Subs not used – 2 Luke RHODES, 3 Ross MILLARD – Yellow cards: Warland 86’

Cockburn City – GK Luke RADONICH, 5 Julian TELES, 7 Ashley ROSINDALE, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 10 David ARAYA (17 Fanal DEWIT 68’), 15 Daniel SANTICH, 18 Adam ANFUSO (12 Ryan PRATT 17’), 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Kristian SANTICH, 23 Riley WOODCOCK, 25 Breckan BAKER – Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH, 2 Chris THACKRAY, 3 Daniel DOLS – Yellow Cards: Edwards 40’, Teles 78, – Red Cards: Rosindale 41’  – Referee Josh MANNELLA