6th May 2017 – Canning City vs Joondalup City at Burrendah Reserve
Canning came out attacking from the first whistle and were rewarded 3 minutes into the game when James Oliver scored a great goal Taking the ball onto his left foot just outside the penalty area, he fired past the keeper into the top left corner making it 1-0 to the home side.
Canning, still hungry for the ball patiently continued to pressure the Joondalup defence hoping to force an error, but credit to the Visitors, they remained calm and collected.
Canning’s patience paid off when after a beautiful cross in from Nathan Hubbard, players from both sides jostled to make contact with the ball. The resulting melee saw Joondalup, under pressure put the ball into their own net, 2-0 to Canning and only 15 minutes into the game. Credit to Canning, they didn’t sit back and defend their lead, but continued to play attacking football. Joondalup reciprocated and one attacking move saw them play the ball into Canning’s penalty area with what looked to be a dangerous move, but good goalkeeping by Luke Stonebridge saved Canning this time. With the first half coming to a close, Joondalup continued to have a good attacking spell, consistently putting the ball into Canning’s box and were rewarded with a penalty 10 minutes before the break. This being the fifth penalty conceded by Canning in their last 3 games, but fortunately for the home side Stonebridge guessed right to palm the ball to safety. Canning go into the break with a two goal lead.
Canning came out with confidence in the second half, persevering with good attacking football. They found the back of the net through Mark Trevisiol, only to have the linesman flag for offside and the goal disallowed. The Visitors regained their composure, created a beautiful attacking move and were rewarded two minutes later, punishing the home side for being flat footed and calmly converting the shot on goal. Canning 2, Joondalup 1.
With renewed confidence, Joondalup continued to advance and piled the pressure on winning themselves a corner. Once again they slot it past the Canning defence to level the scores with their second goal in as many minutes. With all to play for, Canning seemed to snap back into action and once again go on the offensive, only to have a determined Joondalup regain possession and counter attack, punishing the home side with a smooth conversion past Stonebridge making it 3-2 to the visitors.
Canning regained their composure, winning possession, slowing the game down and passing the ball fluidly. Eager for the equalizer and advancing into the Joondalup half, Canning managed a shot on goal, but it posed no real threat to the keeper who played it out wide to begin the counter attack. The game remained neutral for a period, both sides attacking both sides defending, until a horrid defensive error was made by Canning. Vish Kannu played the ball nicely into the path of the Joondalup attacker who found himself one on one with Stonebridge. This looked to be a gift to the visiting side but they failed to increase their lead shooting wide.
The final whistle blows and Joondalup emerge as the Victors!
Full Time: Canning City 2-3 Joondalup City