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ECU Joondalup celebrate Jakub Sklenar's hat-trick. Photo by Peter Simcox

New Jack an instant hit

Football West News

ECU Joondalup strikers past and present took centre stage on Saturday as the goals flew in during Week Three of the NPL Night Series.

Gordon Smith, who swapped the Jacks for Bayswater City, scored a hat-trick for his new club as they beat Cockburn City 3-1.

Yet the Scot was still outdone by Jakub Sklenar, who netted four times in ECU’s 6-1 hammering of Stirling Lions.

Elsewhere, Armadale suffered a second straight 5-0 defeat, Floreat Athena brushed aside Perth Glory 4-0 while there were also wins for Perth SC and Inglewood United.

At Dalmatinac Park home side Cockburn were undone when Smith scored twice in quick succession just before half-time.

And while Adam Anfuso pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time, Smith showed his finishing prowess again not long after to make the points safe for Chris Coyne’s team.

Bayswater’s superior finishing was too much for Cockburn. Photo by Rhys Rigby

Top of Pool Two, a point better off than Bayswater, are 2018 Night Series winners Floreat.

Robert Petkov gave the hosts a half-time lead at E&D Litis Stadium, with further goals from Jon Stynes, Chris Saldaris and Calvin Whitney (penalty) meaning Glory conceded four for the second successive week.

Armadale have lost all three of their Night Series games, including on Saturday against Floreat. Photo by Rhys Rigby

With two rounds to go in the group stage, Balcatta are also in the frame for a semi-final spot after they resoundingly defeated Armadale.

Calum O’Connell made it four goals in two games with another brace and Gavin Knight also got himself a double, before Anthony Topini completed the scoring seven minutes from the end to condemn Armadale to a third loss in three in the Night Series.

In Pool One ECU might just have found the player to fill the void left by Smith and his striker partner Daryl Nicol, who also headed to Bayswater.

Czech recruit Sklenar was in unstoppable form at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, scoring a hat-trick inside 23 minutes against Stirling and adding a fourth after the break. Joe Knowles and Ronald Rixer also netted for Dale McCulloch’s side, before substitute Ben Campbell struck for the Lions.

Rockingham City suffered their first loss in the Night Series when they went down 3-2 to Inglewood United.

Lydon Hodgkiss put Rockingham in front on 15 minutes but Jason Barrera and Adrian Jelenovic turned the game around before half-time.

Chok Dau made it 3-1 for Inglewood and although James Harmer reduced the deficit from the penalty spot, it was Trim Morgan’s men who deservedly came away with the points.

Perth SC bounced back from their loss to Rockingham last week with a 3-1 victory over Sorrento at E&D Litis Stadium.

Michael Domfeh scored twice in the first half for the Azzurri, either side of Reece Vittiglia’s strike for the Gulls, while Matt Milenkovic added a third on 55 minutes.

Perth SC and Rockingham have six points from three games in Pool One, with Inglewood on five points and ECU on four.

Results

Pool 1

Perth SC 3-1 Sorrento
Stirling Lions 1-6 ECU Joondalup
Inglewood United 3-2 Rockingham City

Pool 2

Cockburn City 1-3 Bayswater City
Armadale 0-5 Balcatta
Floreat Athena 4-0 Perth Glory

Week 4 fixtures

Friday, February 15

Pool 1

ECU Joondalup v Inglewood United (Frank Drago Reserve 6.30pm)
Perth SC v Stirling Lions (Percy Doyle Reserve, 6.30pm)
Sorrento v Rockingham City (Percy Doyle Reserve, 8.30pm)

Pool 2

Bayswater City v Balcatta (Frank Drago Reserve, 8.30pm)

Sunday, February 17

Pool 2

Cockburn City v Perth Glory (Dalmatinac Park, 5pm)
Armadale v Floreat Athena (Dalmatinac Park, 7pm)