Healing brace helps Jacks beat Bayswater

Healing brace helps Jacks beat Bayswater

Posted on August 29, 2021 in 'Reports'

After two years away from the game through injury, Ellis Healing returned with a bang scoring a brace in only his second NPL first team appearance, as the Jacks beat Bayswater City 4-2 in week 21 of the NPLWA at the ECU Football Stadium.

Danny Hodgson had given the Jacks the lead early, but Albert Fullard levelled on the half hour, only for Daryl Nicol to reply moments later against his former club. City striker Ndumba Makeche levelled early in the second half. But the Healing show took over, the striker curling home two free kicks to seal the win, and it was a great send off for two ECU Legends Steve Amphlett and Pete Stewart who are leaving the club this season.

“Good to get a win in our final home game of the season, but our top four chances look out of our reach after today’s games,” Head Coach Kenny Lowe said post-match.

“We gave away to poor goals today, and the second just after half time took the wind out of our sails a little, and it’s been like that all season, but we’ve been moving players around, playing in different positions, has we’ve had to cope with our long injury list.

“But that’s what we’ve been handed this season, but it’s great to see Ellis coming back after a long lay-off, Sami Riak, Ryan Lowry and Tommy Amphlett are back now, and they will give the squad a boost, along with Chris Harold for the FFA Cup game against Adelaide Olympic.”

Healing was happy to be back playing, and was delighted to get back on the scoresheet. “Firstly, good to get the win and on a personal level it was good to get the two goals after being out for so long with injury,” Healing said post-match.

“The lads have been a bit of a tough run recently, win wise, but it was great to see them stick in and Kenny asked me to come on and give them a bit of magic and I obliged.

“I’m just happy to apart of it again, we should be in the top four, but we’ve left points on the pitch, which is disappointing, but there is still a slight chance we can into them and we’ll go to Cockburn and give it a crack.”

Lowe made one change to the side that draw against Inglewood United in midweek with Ryan Lowry returning from suspension to replace Nelson Tshongo, who dropped to the bench.

The top four chances were on the line for Lowe’s side, and both sides had early chances, Declan Hughes’ long-range shot flashed wide, before Michael Zimarino shot on the run flew over the top.

But on 16 minutes the Jacks hit the front. Nicol’s free kick was flicked on to the post by Sami Riak and Hodgson was on hand to fire home his 15th goal of the season.

They went close again six minutes later, Higgins sending Riley Woodcock down the left and he cut into the box but his shot was saved low by Nic Speca.

Bayswater, who arrived at the Campus with three straight wins, were level on 31 minutes. Fraser Dunlop won possession on the right and slipped the ball into Zimarino, who played the ball back to Fullard on the edge of the box and he found the bottom corner.

They almost hit the front moments later, Tyler Garner found space down the right and found Makeche in the box, he turned his marker, but Tom Hough cleared his shot off the line.

But sixty seconds later the Jacks regained the lead. Woodcock’s diagonal ball found Nicol on the right who controlled the ball before finding the top corner from the edge of the box.

Nicol went close again on 35 minutes, Hughes sent Woodcock down the left and his cross to the near post was fired inches wide by the Scottish striker.

The speedy striker was in again before half time, and should have gone for goal, but he unselfishly cut the ball back to Hodgson whose effort was blocked.

The visitors made a perfect start to the second half and they levelled two minutes in. A back pass wasn’t dealt with by keeper Joe Pollard and Makeche nicked the ball of him and rolled the ball into an empty net.

It was a bitter blow for the Jacks but they almost hit back three minutes later, Higgins sent Nicol in down the right channel and his shot on the run hit the side netting.

Hodgson’s free kick drifted just wide of the far post, before he tried an audacious lob from the half way line, but a back pedalling Speca got back to save.

It was end-to-end football and Pollard got down well to save Dunlop’s shot, before former Jack, Gordon Smith found Makeche, whose shot on turn flew over the top.

Healing was introduced off the bench on the hour, replacing Riak and he gave the Jacks the lead on 78 minutes. Hughes’ shot hit the arm of Fullard on the edge of the box and Healing curled the resulting free kick into the corner of the net, for his first goal of the season.

Bayswater weren’t finished and substitute Jason Mirco fired just wide at the back post, before Makeche shot was saved low by Pollard.

But the points were secured in stoppage time, Nicol’s flick hit the arm Jordan Abrahams on the edge of the penalty area and referee Joshua Nixon spotted it and awarded a free kick. Up stepped Healing and curled the ball over the wall and into the net to secure the win.

Despite the win, the Jacks chances of a top four finish look bleak, sitting two points behind both Perth Glory and Inglewood, who meet next week.

Our goal difference is seven and nine goals respectively behind them, so if they draw next week, we will have to thrash Cockburn by a big score. Not impossible, but very unlikely.

In other games on the day Dimitri Phylactou’s 18s went down 1-3 to third placed Bayswater, with Hanani Ndebel scoring the Jacks’ goal, while Mark Scanlan’s 20s were narrowly beaten 0-1 by second placed Bayswater.

Match Details
ECU Joondalup 4 (Hodgson 16’, Nicol 34’, Healing 78’, 92’) Bayswater City 2 (Fullard 32’, Makeche 47’)
Saturday August 28, 2021
ECU Football Stadium
Kick off 3.00pm
Referee: Joshua Nixon
Assistants: Frank Laval, Benjamin Kaiser

ECU Joondalup: GK Joe POLLARD, 4 Declan HUGHES, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sami RIAK (14 Ellis HEALING 60’), 8 Tom HOUGH, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Andy HIGGINS (13 Tommy AMPHLETT 87’), 11 Riley WOODCOCK (16 Shane CASSIDY 46’), 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 17 Danny HODGSON, 18 Luke PALMATEER – Subs not used: RGK Isaac DRIESSEN, 3 Nelson TSHONGO Yellow Cards: Nicol 39’, Palmateer 90’
Bayswater City: GK Nic SPECA, 2 Lucas COOK, 3 Jack ALLEN, 4 Michael ZIMARINO (15 Leonard GAMA 60’) , 5 Albert FULLARD, 7 Ndumba MAKECHE, 8 Gordon SMITH, 13 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 18 Fraser DUNLOP (22 Luke SALMON 72’), 23 Daniel KATZ (10 Jason MIRCO 55’), 29 Tyler GARNER – Subs not used: RGK George JACKSON, 19 Shaun MUKWEVHO – Yellow Cards: Abrahams 92’