Joondalup made it three wins from three games in recent weeks thanks to goals from Charlie Comyn-Platt in the 52nd minute and Jon Stynes in the 75th, but it was Dixon, the former Bayswater City winger, who really excelled
Joondalup made it three wins from three games in recent weeks thanks to goals from Charlie Comyn-Platt in the 52nd minute and Jon Stynes in the 75th, but it was Dixon, the former Bayswater City winger, who really excelled.
“It was a good game,” mentioned Dixon.
“Glory got on top a bit, they never gave us time on the ball either which made things quite difficult. I thought it was quite a hard game actually.”
Glory contested the physical battle early on but coach Scott Miller said they cannot compete with that aspect of the game.
“I think we played a good team,”he said.
“We had a few chances and it would have been good to take a few in the first half, but I think the pure physicality of men against boys (was tough), our average age was only about 18 today.” “I was really, really happy with the boys today.”
Glory proved their attacking intent in the eleventh minute when Knowles found himself in a position to strike, making strong connection with the ball to force veteran keeper Andy Banks into a strong save.
Throughout the first half Glory proved to be the more dominant through Bor Bor Sambindi. The pacey winger found himself free inside the box on the end of a whipped free kick but his lobbed header flashed wide of the top corner.
Joondalup found their best chance late in the first half when Dixon switched the right wing. From a quick counter attack, Dixon found himself on-on-one against Hanafi Ghazali, moving the ball onto his left foot he struck a paced shot but was denied by an impressive save from Fraser Greenwood.
Dixon was once again the centre of attention, this time in the second half.
Again from a break, Jake Benson-Cooper created an opening for Dixon through a fantastic crossfield ball. With familiar flare, Dixon cut across his defender and again his strike was deflected over the bar for a corner.
The corner was directed in by captain Jon Higgins and found Comyn-Platt towering at the back post who aimed low with his shot and found the back of the net.
The second half proved scrappy as both sides were forceful in their attack but it was Glory-s inexperience that proved the difference late on.
Despite the saves, Glory weren-t out of trouble yet as the youngsters were caught in possession in at the back after some aggressive pressing by Jon Stynes. He played the ball wide to Stuart Montgomery who played a good ball back into Stynes, he acrobatically ‘scorpion kicked- the ball into the roof of the net and doubled the score for Joondalup.
Perth Glory 0 ECU Joondalup 2 (Comyn-Platt 52-, Stynes 75-) Saturday June 14, 2014 Venue: Intiga Stadium Kick-off: 3pm Referee: Dave Scrali Assistant Referee: Pedro Vasquez, Tom Asaizi Crowd Appx: 250
Perth Glory: 1. Fraser GREENWOOD, 2. Giant ALBANO, 3. Scott ROBERTSON (15. Mark BARNETT 81-) 4. Jacob COLLARD, 5. Hanafi GHAZALI, 6. Blame QUAQUA (c), 7. Bor Bor Sambindi, 8. Mathhew NTOUMENOPOLOUS, 9. Joe KNOWLES, 10, Slob VULIN (19. Nic TALIMDEZIOSKI 81-)
Substitutes not used: 17. Calvin WHITNEY, 18. Sam McKEARNAN, 20. Ryan BARKER Yellow Cards: 5. Hanafi GHAZALI 5- Red Cards: NIL
ECU Joondalup: 1. Andy BANKS, 2. Ryan LOWRY, 3. Jon Higgins (c), 4. Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 7. Henry DURR, 8. Joe SMITH, 9. David Foster (6. Jon STYNES 50-) 10. Andy HIGGINS, 11. Danny DIXON, 14. Jake BENSON-COOPER (16. Ryan McDARBY 83-) 19. Stuart MONTGOMERY (5. Ryan TOWNSEND 77-)
Substitutes not used: 17. Parviz SHIRADI, 21. Jamie SERRA. Yellow Cards: NIL Red Cards: NIL