Jacks let it slip against Cockburn

Jacks let it slip against Cockburn

Posted on June 6, 2021 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup have lost more ground on leaders Floreat Athena after suffering a 1-2 defeat against Cockburn City at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Danny Hodgson had given them the lead midway through the first half, but a brace from Cockburn striker Daniel Robinson after the break saw Scott Miller’s side leave with all three points.

“Disappointing result. We didn’t do enough with our possession and we’re beaten by a well organised and hungry team, simply wasn’t good enough,” Jacks skipper Johnny Perkins said.

“The players are hurting and we know we need step it up again, so it is a big week of training in order to get back to winning ways next Saturday.”

Jacks Head coach Kenny Lowe made one change to the side that lost at Perth SC in the last league game, with Shane Cassidy coming into the side with Luke Palmateer dropping to the bench.

It was a somber day at the campus, after the passing of ECU legend Myles O’Neill on Friday, and the Irish flag was flying on the clubhouse balcony, and players, coaches, officials and supporters stood in a minute’s applause in respect of the club champion. RIP Myles.

It was a slow start from the home side and Cockburn, who were coming off a big win against Perth SC in the cup in midweek, were on the front foot and they went close to the opener on 13 minutes.

They won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, and Jesse Lazzaro’s curling free kick smacked the post and away to safety.

Moments later Adam Anfuso goal bound shot deflected wide, as Cockburn searched for the opener.

But the Jacks settled and started to get into the game and forced a number of corners, and on 27 minutes they hit the front. Daryl Nicol’s corner picked out Hodgson, who lost his marker to head home.

The goal kicked the Jacks into life and Declan Hughes fired over the top, after Andy Higgins’ corner fell to him, as they looked for a second.

They went closer six minutes before half time, Hodgson sent the overlapping Riley Woodcock down the left, and his shot on the run was superbly saved by Luke Radonich.

The Cockburn custodian was at it again in first half stoppage time, Woodcock was the supplier this time, slipping Nicol into goal, but Radonich stood tall to deny him, but at the break the Jacks led 1-0.

Cockburn started the second half like the first, and three minutes in they levelled. Skipper Cameron Edwards found Sebastian de Silva on the right and his low cross was turned home by Robinson from close-range.

Cassidy headed just over the top moments later as the Jacks looked to regain the lead, but that came at the other end on 62 minutes.

The lively De Silva was adjudged to have been brought down by Jeremy Tshongo, and referee Julian Serra pointed straight to the spot. Robinson stepped up and scored from the resulting penalty, despite Johnny Perkins getting a hand to it.

It wasn’t going to plan for the home side, but they continued to press and Chris Harold’s curling effort was straight at Radonich, as the Jacks lifted the tempo.

Moments later, good work down the right by Jakub Prajza, saw him cross to Harold, who brought the ball down superbly, but couldn’t keep his shot down.

Tommy Amphlett made his first appearance at the campus for the season, coming on 13 minutes from time, and he went close to the equaliser two minutes later. Harold made space down the left and whipped in a dangerous cross, but Amphlett first time shot flew over the top.

It was one way traffic as the Jacks pressed for the equaliser, and in the final minute they won a corner and even Perkins came up for it. Higgins curled it in the ball fell to Hughes, whose shot was saved by Radonich.

The Jacks were pushing men forward and deep into stoppage time Cockburn almost added a third, Harry O’Brien racing clear, but his shot was well saved by Perkins. But Cockburn held firm, and at the final whistle they were celebrating a 2-1 win.

Midfielder Declan Hughes echoed the skippers words. “Really disappointing result today, especially after being 1-0 up at the break,” he said.

“We need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, and we’ve got that opportunity next week and we all know that we have to take it.”

It was better news in the other games on the day, and in the early game the 18s ran out 3-0 winners.

Josh Kingston opening the scoring on seven minutes, and Brayden Tierney doubling their advantage on 25 minutes. The points were wrapped up twenty minutes from time with Fabiano De Abreu added the third.

The 20s fought out a tight 1-1 draw in the other game. Cockburn took the lead midway through the first half, and they were reduced to ten men just before the break. Mark Scanlan’s side throw everything at them after half time, and were rewarded five minutes from time with Danyel Dos Santos De Souza scoring.

We are back home next week when we host Gwelup Croatia in Week 12 of the NPLWA. See you all at the Campus!!!

Match Details
ECU Joondalup 1 (Hodgson 27’) Cockburn City 2 (Robinson 48’, 62’ pen)

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Jeremy TSHONGO, 4 Declan HUGHES, 7 Riley WOODCOCK, 8 Tom HOUGH (13 Tommy AMPHLETT 77’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Chris HAROLD, 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 16 Shane CASSIDY (18 Luke PALMATEER 68’), 17 Danny HODGSON – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 3 Nelson TSHONGO, 5 Danny DOUGLAS – Yellow Cards: Harold 85’
Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 5 Julian TELES, 8 Cameron EDWARDS (20 Julian ANFUSO 78’), 11 Harry O’BRIEN, 12 Sebastian DA SILVA, 16 Ali GHOLAMI, 17 Fanuel DAWIT (14 Daniel DOS SANTOS 21’), 18 Adam ANFUSO, 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Daniel ROBINSON, 25 Breckan BAKER – Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH, 9 Anthony SKORICH, 24 Alessandro De Andrade BASTO – Yellow Cards: Dawit 21’, Teles 69’, Da Silva 87’ – Referee: Julian SERRA