ECU Joondalup 6 v Sorrento 1 –
Tough Day at the Office for the Gulls
They say, if it can go wrong, it will go wrong and so it proved against ECU. The Gulls went into the game with Ollie Annis suspended and following late fitness tests for Tim Hill and Tristan Colli, both played but neither were 100% fit.
Credit to ECU, during the covid break they made important signings in Riley Warland from Bayswater City, Luke Bodnar from Perth and Callum Timmins and Ethan Brooks from Gwelup Croatia. Their squad is looking fairly formidable.
ECU went in at the break 2-0 up and deserved their lead. The bright spots for Sorrento were a shot from the edge of the area by Daniel Faichney on 28 minutes, which was tipped over the bar by keeper Joe Pollard and what looked like a clear penalty which had the Gulls boss Jamie Harnwell shaking his head as the teams left the pitch at half time.
Unfortunately on 38 minutes both Sorrento full-backs, Jaxon Temata and Tristan Colli were forced off with injury and both must be a doubt for next week’s game.
ECU had taken the lead through a Ben Hinshelwood header and then gone 2-0 up as the Gulls left Andy Higgins too much space in midfield and his long-range shot beat Matt Guidicatti.
In the 2nd half, ECU scored 3 goals in 18 minutes, a real killer for the Gulls. Hodgson converted sharply then Bodnar hit a first-time drive from 25 yards into the top corner, an absolute screamer. Then Hodgson scored number 5 from a penalty with a cheeky panenka.
Teece then pulled one back for the Gulls with a flick header from a Graham Tough free-kick.
4 minutes later things took another turn for the worse as Clark Keltie was sent off for a late challenge on Tom Hough.
ECU rounded off a fine performance with a stoppage-time goal from Higgins.
So the Gulls are left to lick their wounds and the challenge for the team is to show a reaction next Saturday at home against Bayswater City at Percy Doyle.
- Matt Giudicatti
- Jaxon Temata
- Tristan Colli
- Tim Hill (captain)
- Graham Tough
- Jordan Brown
- Alex Morgan
- Daniel Faichney
- Cameron Teece
- Zdenek Bezdek
- Jakob Prajza
- Patrick Hughes 13. Clark Keltie 14. Scott Witschge 15. Sean Kilkelly 16. Lauritis Christopheren
The Sorrento 18s won again 5-1 and the 20s lost 2-1 to their respective ECU teams.
Congratulations to the Sorrento 18s who are Top of the League.
Football West Match Report