Relegation is now lurking as a grim possibility for the Jacks, with the home defeat ” their fifth straight loss ” leaving them just two points clear of Bunbury.
Ten minutes of madness in the first half cost ECU the game.
Force drew first blood through a penalty at 30 minutes, then added their second six minutes later. It couldn’t have looked much worse for the Jacks, but then at 38 minutes, captain Dale McCulloch was red carded after an altercation with Bunbury midfielder Liam Hutchinson.
ECU fought hard with ten men in the second half, but could manage just one goal in a disappointing defeat.
Todaro claimed his side had dominated Bunbury until the game turned at the 30-minute mark.
‘As I’ve said before, we’re like Santa Claus at the moment; we keep giving away gifts,’ he said.
‘We have played some decent football in the last few weeks, but those little mistakes are costing us.’
Across town, Sorrento looked shaky against youthful easybeats the National Training Centre, but scraped home with a 3-1 victory.
It completed the Gulls’ first back-to-back win of the season, leaving them comfortably in third place.
Forward Gavin Knight put on a fantastic display to score Sorrento’s first and last goal, while also setting up its second.
The Gulls face Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve this Saturday.
The Jacks take on second-placed Stirling.