Jacks bow out of FFA Cup

Jacks bow out of FFA Cup

Posted on September 30, 2021 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have bowed out of the FFA Cup after. 0-3 loss against South Australian NPL side Adelaide Olympic in their round of 32 tie at Dorrien Gardens on Wednesday evening. (Photos by Getty Images)

The visitors bagged three goals in the final 20 minutes to reach the round of 16, Christos Pounendis giving them the lead, before Fausto Erba added a second and a penalty from second half substitute Ioannis Simosis secured the win. It was a tough night for the Jacks players, who all wore DH7 tee shirts before the game, their thought obviously with team mate and friend Danny Hodgson, who is still in hospital after the unprovoked attack in Perth three weeks ago. Danny’s parents, Nicole and Peter were also in attendance, while 50% of the gate going to the #DH7 fund. Stay strong Danny!!!

The rain stayed away for kick off, and it was Olympic who started the brighter and Paul Wilson headed over the top from Kristin Konstandopoulos’ corner. Moments later Michael Cittadini was sent in on goal, but Jacks keeper Johnny Perkins stood tall and the midfielder fired wide of the target.

The Jacks custodian came to his sides rescue again on 18 minutes, this time saving Jason Konstandopoulos’ shot after the lively striker cut in from the left. The hosts settled and started to get a foot hold on the game and Ellis Healing saw his free kick fly over the top. Moments later Chris Harold made space down the left and his cross from the bye line was cleared well by a defender, with add lam Hughes ready to pounce at the back post.

Both sides had late chances, first Jason Konstandopoulos saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected just wide, before the Jacks had their best chance on the shadows of the break. Tommy Amphlett raced down the left, cut inside his marker before squaring the ball to Healing on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot on the run flashed inches wide of the post. But at the break it was 0-0 and all to play for.

Like the first half Olympic were on the front foot early and Tito Bontor found the overlapping Kody Maude eight minutes in, but his shot on the run was saved by Perkins. Healing then saw another free kick miss the target, while the visitors had a penalty shout turned down by referee Matthew Southern, after Simosis was bundled over after getting a shot in on goal. The Jacks went close on the hour, Healing was given far too much room and his curling effort whistled inches past the post. Olympic were starting to turn the screws and Jason Konstandopoulos’ snap shot flashed over the top, before Perkins got down well to save Cittadini’s shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Their pressure was rewarded with the opener on 70 minutes. Panagiotis Mani’s corner wasn’t dealt with and Simosis scuffed the first effort but Pounendis swept the second one home. The Jacks looked for a quick response, but Jakub Prajza’s shot was straight at Olympic keeper Jason Kavenagh, but on 78 minutes it was Olympic who doubled their advantage. A ball into the box by Cittadini found Erba at the back post, and the clubs top goal scorer curled home superbly past Perkins, via be post. They added a third late when Cittadini was sent clear by Simosis, and he was brought down Perkins and the referee pointed straight to the spot and booked the Jacks keeper. Simosis stepped up and found the bottom corner to seal the win.

Match Details
ECU Joondalup 0 Adelaide Olympic 3 (Pounendis 70’, Erba 78’, Simosis 87′)
ECU Joondalup: GK: Johnny Perkins, 3 Nelson TSHONGO, 4 Declan HUGHES, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sam RIAK, 7 Ellis HEALING (10 Sean O’CONNOR 90′), 8 Thomas HOUGH (2 Oscar MALFIORE 75′), 11 Chris HAROLD, 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 13 Thomas AMPHLETT (15 Jason PETRIE 66′), 16 Shane CASSIDY – Subs not used: RGK: Joseph POLLARD, 9 Sonny HENNESSEY-O’SHEA, 17 Oliver MAKIN, 18 Danny DOUGLAS – Yellow Cards: Perkins 86’, Hughes 92’
Adelaide Olympic: GK: Joshua KAVANEGH, 3 Paul WILSON, 5 Michael CITTADINI (4 Ross HARKOTSIKAS 92′), 6 Kristin KONSTANDOPOULOS (2 Jacob JONES 92′), 7 Kody MAUDE, 8 Jason KONSTANDOPOULOS (13 Konstantinos STYLIADIS 92′), 9 Christos POUNEDIS, 10 Hirofumi KOCHI, 11 Tito BONTOR (44 Ioannis SIMOSIS 58′), 14 Fausto ERBA (25 Alexander TSIMOPOULOS 94’), 24. Panagiotis MANI – Subs not used: RGK: Samuel DWEH – Yellow Cards: Mani 24’, Pounendis 84′ – Referee: Matthew Southern