Jacks season ends in defeat at Cockburn

Jacks season ends in defeat at Cockburn

Posted on September 5, 2021 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup’s 2021 NPLWA season came to an end after a disappointing 0-2 defeat against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park.

A first half strike from Julian Teles and a first ever NPL goal from Sam Cook after the break condemned the Jacks to defeat, and they ended their title defence in sixth place on the table.

Head Coach Kenny Lowe made three changes to the side that beat Bayswater City last week with skipper Johnny Perkins returning between the sticks, with defenders Nelson Tshongo and Shane Cassidy coming into the back line.

Joe Pollard and Luke Palmateer dropped to the bench with Andy Higgins out injured.

It was the final game for Cockburn City Head coach Scott Miller, but it was the Jacks on the front foot early, and went close to the opener after three minutes.

Jakub Prajza sent former Cockburn defender Riley Woodcock down the right, he crossed to Daryl Nicol at the back post but he was unable to turn the ball home.

But on 12 minutes it was the hosts who hit the front. Cameron Edwards free kick wasn’t dealt with by the Jacks and Teles fired home from four meters.

The Jacks looked for an immediate response and Woodcock’s curling free kick was pushed around the post by Ben Radonich.

Moments later Declan Hughes’ header was saved low by the Cockburn custodian.

Cockburn looked dangerous going forward and Sebastian da Sliva’s shot on the run flew over the top on the half hour.

It was a real arm wrestle but it was the Jacks who should have levelled three minutes before half time, Danny Hodgson found an unmarked Hughes on the edge of the box, but his shot flashed inches over the top.

Perkins then had to be alert in stoppage time, getting down well to save Jesse Lazzaro shot, after the midfielders mazy run down the right, but at the break the Jacks had it all to do.

Lowe made a double change at the break, with Ellis Healing and Tommy Amphlett coming on for Tshongo and Sami Riak as the Jacks changed things up.

But it was Cockburn who almost doubled their advantage early, Da Silva racing down the right, but Perkins made a smart save to deny him.

The Jacks were struggling in the final third, but on 55 minutes Healing’s free kick fell to Hughes in the box, but his shot was blocked by some desperate defending.

The home side brought on youngster Cook, son of former West Australian newspaper football journalist Jonathon, on 70 minutes, and two minutes later he added the Cockerels second.

A long throw from Daniel Dols found it’s way to Cook, who swept the ball home from eight-yards, and raced off to celebrate with out-going coach Scott Miller and the rest of his teammates.

The Jacks pressed looking for a way back in the game and six minutes later they almost found it.

Healing’s cross was headed back across goal by Ryan Lowry, but Hughes’ shot was saved low by Radonich.

Moments later Woodcock’s cross found Hodgson at the back post, but his shot was deflected wide.

The hosts were reduced to ten men on 80 minutes, when a poor tackle by Breckan Baker on Hodgson saw him receive a straight red card by Julian Serra.

But despite pressing late the Jacks couldn’t find away back into the game, and their league season came to a disappointing end.

They now must concentrate on the upcoming FFA Cup clash against Adelaide Olympic at the end of the month.

In the earlier games Dimitri Phylactou’s 18s ran out 3-1 winners. Fabiano De Abreu gave the youngsters the lead on 16 minutes, and Hanani Ndebele doubled their advantage on the hour.

Cockburn pulled one back five minutes later, but Prince Magombedze sealed the points.

Meanwhile Mark Scanlan’s 20s were edged out 0-1 by Cockburn, the only goal of the game coming early for the hosts.

Match Details
Cockburn City 2 (Teles 12’, Cook 72’) ECU Joondalup 0
Saturday September 5, 2021
Dalmatinac Park
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Julian Serra
Assistants: Alexander Wright, Benjamin Kaiser

Cockburn City: GK Ben RADONICH, 3 Daniel DOLS, 5 Julian TELES, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Anthony SKORICH (18 Adam ANFUSO 70’), 12 Sebastian DA SILVA (10 David ARAYA 79’), 16 Ali GHOLAMI (6 Ismail HAJI 79’), 17 Fanuel DAWIT (19 Sam COOK 70’), 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Daniel ROBINSON, 25 Breckan BAKER – Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER – Red Card: Baker 80′
ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 3 Nelson TSHONGO (13 Tommy AMPHLETT 46’), 4 Declan HUGHES, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sami RIAK (14 Ellis HEALING 46’), 8 Tom HOUGH, 9 Daryl NICOL, 11 Riley WOODCOCK, 12 Jakub PRAJZA (7 Oscar MALFIORE 85’), 16 Shane CASSIDY, 17 Danny HODGSON – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 18 Luke PALMATEER