Nicol at the double for Jacks

Nicol at the double for Jacks

Posted on May 2, 2021 in 'Reports'

Daryl Nicol scored a brace to give the Jacks at 2-0 win against Perth Glory at the ECU Football Stadium in week seven of the NPLWA.

The win maintained second spot on the ladder for Kenny Lowe’s side, with Nicol opening the scoring midway through the first half, and he sealed the win on the hour with another clinical finish to make it four goals for the season. (Photos by Debra Massey)

“I thought that’s the best we’ve played all season which is hugely pleasing considering our last outing against Rockingham was a very strong performance as well, and not to mention the stop start with the lockdown,” Nicol explained post-match.

“I thought it was a decent spectacle with a very strong Glory team having some good chances in the game, but I was just glad to see my goals get us the three points and continue this fantastic run of form we’re on.”

Lowe made two changes to the starting line up from their win against Rockingham City last time out with new signings Luke Palmeteer and Riley Woodcock coming in for their started debuts, with Shane Cassidy and Chris Harold missing through injury.

Glory arrived at the Campus on a good run of form and had some familiar faces in their line-up, with former Jacks Callum Timmins and Riley Warland, who were both part of last seasons title win, in a strong looking side.

It was bright opening with chances at both ends. First on nine minutes, former Glory midfielder Declan Hughes saw his long-range shot crash of the post, while at the other end Josh Rawlins ball over the top sent Adam Zimarino in on goal, but Johnny Perkins was out quick to collect the ball.

But on 26 minutes it was the Jacks who hit the front. Danny Hodgson was brought down on the half way line, and his quick free kick caught Glory napping, sending Nicol racing towards goal, and the Scottish striker finished with aplomb past Cameron Cook.

They went close to a second six minutes later, Nicol’s corner found Hodgson, but his header drifted wide of the target. But Glory hit back and striker Joshua Anasmo’s glancing header flashed wide, but it was the Jacks creating the better chances.

On 41 minutes Woodcock and Nicol combined to find Hodgson, whose shot on the turn was over the top. Perkins then denied Mason Tatafu and Anasmo’s shot on the run flew over the top, but at the break it was the Jacks leading 1-0.

The visitors made a positive start to the second half, and Perkins was out bravely to save at the feet of Charlie Leech early, before the Jacks custodian got down well to save Joseph Forde’s effort moments later.

Those saves became more important on the hour, as the Jacks doubled their advantage. Hughes sent Nicol down the right, and referee Stewart Beattie playing a great advantage after the midfielder was clattered after releasing the ball, Nicol cut into the box and finished clinically.

Glory should have reduced the margin six minutes later, the Jacks gave the ball away and Leech found Zimarino, but the striker blazed over the top when well placed.

The Jacks defence was under a great deal of pressure, and a superb clearance from Palmeteer denied them after Giordano Colli’s free kick.

They went close again moments later, Jacks were caught in possession, and substitute Bryce Bafford squared the ball to Zimarino, his shot beat Perkins but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Jacks custodian.

But on 79 minutes it should have been 3-0, Nicol sent Jakub Prajza down the right and his low cross picked out an unmarked Woodcock, who blazed over the top from six yards.

To Glory’s credit they continued to press and Perkins stood tall to deny Leech late, and from the resulting corner Bafford headed wide of the target, but at the final whistle it was the Jacks celebrating the three points and continuing their good form.

In the earlier games the results didn’t go our way. Dimitri Phylactou 18s went down 0-4, while Mark Scanlan’s 20s were beaten 4-2 by Glory, with goals from Oscar Malfiore and an own goal from Taiga Matoba.

Hopefully the Jacks are back in action next Saturday when we travel to Frank Drago Reserve to take on Bayswater City.

Match Details

NPLWA – Week Seven

Saturday May 1, 2021

ECU Football Stadium

ECU Joondalup 2 (Nicol 26’, 60’) Perth Glory 0     

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Jeremy TSHONGO, 3 Nelson TSHONGO, 4 Declan HUGHES, 7 Danny HODGSON, 8 Tom HOUGH (90’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Chris HAROLD, 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 18 Luke PALMATEER – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 6 Sonny O’SHEA, 11 Ben RUTTER, 14 Luke DAVIS, 15 Danny DOUGLAS – Yellow Cards: Hodgson 43’, Hough 86’

Perth Glory: GK Cameron COOK, 2 Josh RAWLINS (16 Andrew MARANTA 79’), 3 Mason TATAFU, 4Jacob MUIR, 5 Riley WARLAND, 6 Callum TIMMINS (18 Chris DONNELL 62’), 7 Joseph FORDE (15 Aidan COYNE 79’), 8 Charlie LEECH, 9 Joshua ANASMO (17 Bryce BAFFORD 62’), 10 Giordano COLLI, 11 Adam ZIMARINO – Subs not used: RGK Sam REILLY – Yellow Cards: Muir 43’, Timmins 56’, Tatafu 65’, Rawlins 73’, Donnell 77’, Zimarino 85’ Referee: Stewart BEATTIE