JCFC V Wanneroo City State League Night Series March 4 2017
City went into this game knowing a victory would give them 9 points and only goal difference could then prevent them from qualifying for a semi final as group winners. Wanneroo with 4 ex Joondalup City players in their starting line up were still smarting from their last minute loss to Swan last week. City were again fast out of the blocks with Joe McQuade putting Sean Kalaher away on the left. The winger outpaced the Wanneroo centre back only to hit the side netting with his effort. Wanneroo slowly started to assert themselves in a scrappy first half that was littered with mis-placed passes by both teams. The heat and humidity were clearly a factor but both teams were working extremely hard. City thought they had taken the lead when Mark Tenney chased a through pass only to see the Wanneroo defender turn the ball into his own goal. The referees assistant flagged for offside in a decision that left both sets of players confused.
City started the second half brightly and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Wanneroo penalty area. Former City goal keeper Joe Smith could not hold on to Joe McQuade's free kick and Rhys Booth follwed up to score. City enjoyed a good spell forcing a series of corners but could not convert. Against the run of play Wanneroo broke down the City right before a cross was smartly finished from the edge of the box. As City pushed forward in search of a winner the game became stretched and Wanneroo looked dangerous on the break. One of which saw them take the lead with 4 minutes to go.
Joondalup City 4 Shamrock Rovers FC 0 - State League Night Series Feb 24 2017
Probably mindful of their slow start last week City, fielding a team that showed five changes from last week, were fast out of the blocks. Nobody more so than winger Sean Kalaher who scored 2 in the first 3 minutes. City could easily have extended their lead with Sam Rawlings and Sam Phillips both coming close. Drink breaks and substitutions seemed to upset City's rhythm as the first half became a mistake ridden affair.
The half time break didn't seem to help City as Shamrock enjoyed their best spell forcing goalkeeper Andy Lay into a couple of smart saves. The re-introduction of Man of the Match Sam McCracken into midfield saw City re assert themselves and McCracken himself made the game safe with a long range strike into the bottom corner before a Joe McQuade corner was met perfectly by the head of centre back Jamie Kalaher to complete the evenings scoring.
Ashfield United 2 Joondalup City 1 - State League Night Series Friday Feb 17 2017
Joondalup City started it's second Night Series fielding another young team. The starting eleven with an average age of 23 and two teenagers on the bench. Debutant goal keeper Ben Towers was called into action in the first few minutes collecting a long range effort and a cross. Ashfield, fielding two ex City players former captain Jody Thompson and last season's leading goal scorer Jamie Stewart had the better of the first 20 minutes in terms of possession but both defences were clearly on top.
Ashfield took the lead after a free kick was met at the far post with an unstoppable header. City started the second half with Man of the Match Joe McQuade urging his team mates forward. Slowly the younger City players started to assert themselves with Sam Rawlings terrorising the Ashfield left back.
With 12 minutes remaining City got the equaliser they deserved. Joe McQuade hit a low free kick into the area. Captain Jamie Kalaher escaped his marker and cooly slotted into the bottom corner. The City players were possibly still subconsciously celebrating as they failed to deal with an Ashfield long throw which resulted in the ball finding it's way into the net through a crowd of players including a prostrate Luke Wilson who was subsequently stretchered off.
To their credit the City players lifted and spent the remainder of the game camped in the Ashfield half as they searched for another equaliser. Ashfield managed to hang on for the win in what must have been an enjoyable contest for the neutral.
Night Series Game v Swan United Saturday Feb 11th 2017
'Joondalup City opened it's 2017 State League Night Series campaign with a deserved 4-2 victory over a physical and well organised Swan United side. City, fielding a team containing 6 new signings, started on the front foot and took a deserved lead on 11 mins after Man of the Match Mark Tenney burst into the area only to be bundled to the ground. Fellow debutant Erick Lopez stepped up to smash the spot kick into the bottom corner.
Swan regrouped and began to adopt a more robust and direct style of play which resulted in a penalty award which was duly dispatched. The Half Time score of 1-1 was probably fair but certainly did not reflect City's dominance in terms of possession.
City started the second half as they had done the first. A Joe McQuade free kick was met at the far post by Luke Wilson who gave the keeper no chance with a close range header. This was quickly followed up with a four man inter-passing move which resulted in Rhys Booth slotting home from 10 metres out. Swan enjoyed a period of pressure late in the game but were caught on the counter attack as Erick Lopez burst forward on the left racing half the length of the pitch before smashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Andy Lay pulled off a couple of excellent saves late on before Swan were awarded a penalty in stoppage time.'