Jacks edged out at Perth

Jacks edged out at Perth

Posted on May 30, 2021 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have slipped to a second successive defeat in the NPLWA after a narrow 1-0 loss against Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens.

The Jacks dominated for most of the game, but couldn’t find a goal, with the woodwork denying Chris Harold and Declan Hughes, but Michael Domfeh’s goal, against the run of play on 73 minutes was the difference between the two sides.

“I thought we absolutely dominated the game, we came here to play football, like we always do, but they didn’t come to play, they sat in and pumped long-balls, such as life, but at the end of the day they got the win,” Head Coach Kenny Lowe explained post-match.

“We hit the woodwork three times, and hit the keeper and centre back from five yards out, we had the chances but it was just one of those days. I feel sorry for the lads in there, they gave it there all today but we leave empty-handed.

“We came to play our brand of football and we are quite happy the way we played today, but the outcome wasn’t what we wanted but the process and the way we went about it was second to none.”

Lowe made two changes to the side this week, with Riley Woodcock and Luke Palmateer coming into the side, with Nelson Tshongo dropping to the bench, with Luke Davis omitted.

The rain clouds lifted before kick-off and it was the home side who started the brighter, Johnny Perkins producing a smart save to deny Aleks Jovic early, before Federico Achilli’s long-range shot flew wide.

But the Jacks hit back and Daryl Nicol’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area was straight at Perth keeper Ryan Montgomery, before his shot on the run whistled over the top.

There were chances at both ends, Domfeh raced into the area but Palmateer was back with a timely last-ditch tackle to deny him. Then down the other end Nicol’s’ free kick picked out Chris Harold, and his glancing header went inches past the far post.

Montgomery then got down well to save Andy Higgins’ shot, before Calvin Whitney’s shot on the run hit the side netting. But it was the Jacks who ended the half the better and after some neat build-up play Harold found Woodcock down the left and his cross found Nicol, whose flick was only inches past the far post.

Then five minutes before the break the same two combined again, Woodcock again made space down the left, his teasing cross picked out Nicol, but his header drifted inches past the post. Higgins then curled an effort wide of the target in first half stoppage time, but at the break it was all-square.

Lowe made a change at the break, bringing on Shane Cassidy for Tom Hough, but the Jacks continued to dictate terms, and Nicol’s corner was headed against the bar by Harold in the opening minute. Harold was in again moments later, but his shot drifted wide.

It was a good start to the second half, but Perth’s striker Domfeh was a constant threat, and he went close for the hosts eight minutes later.

Jovic sent the former Perth Glory youth striker clear, but Perkins stood tall to deny him. The ball was only cleared to Kristian Santich on the left and he crossed to the back post and Whitney’s spectacular flying volley hit the side netting.

The Jacks couldn’t find that opening goal, but it wasn’t without trying. Palmateer’s header was saved low by Montgomery, before Cassidy was also thwarted by the Perth custodian.

Nicol was next text Montgomery, his shot on the run well saved, and it looked a matter of time before the Jacks would score, but against the run of play on 73 minutes it was Perth who opened the scoring.

Santich and Whitney combined, the latter sending Domfeh in on goal and he held off his marker and finished clinically past Perkins.

It was a bitter blow for the Jacks, and ten minutes later Perth went close to a second, Santich’s long-range shot was saved by Perkins.

The hosts had conceded a late goal last week at Sorrento, and the Jacks continued to press and went close to the equaliser in stoppage time.

Jeremy Tshongo played Nicol down the right, his cross picked out Declan Hughes, his powerful head beat Montgomery, but crashed against the crossbar and away to safety.

It wasn’t a good day at all for the Jacks, the under 18s were beaten 0-2, while the 20s went down 0-4. All sides will look to bounce back next week when we host Cockburn City at the Campus.

Match Details
Perth SC 1 (Domfeh 73’) ECU Joondalup 0
Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Alex SILLA, 4 Lachlan BYRD, 6 Nic MCDONALD, 7 Aleks JOVIC (12 Sam FLORES 67’), 10 Michael DOMFEH, 13 Calvin WHITNEY, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Federico ACHILLI, 19 Bojan RADINOVIC, 22 Kristian SANTICH – Subs not used: RGK Adrian SINAGRA, 8 Daniel ZIVOVIC, 15 Will GORDON, 17 Aiden FORMSTON – Yellow cards: Achilli 76’

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Jeremy TSHONGO, 4 Declan HUGHES, 7 Riley WOODCOCK, 8 Tom HOUGH (16 Shane CASSIDY 46’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Chris HAROLD (3 Nelson TSHONGO 79’), 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 17 Danny HODGSON, 18 Luke PALMATEER – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 5 Jason PETRIE – Referee: Matthew SOUTHERN