Jacks thrash Subiaco to move to Fourth

Jacks thrash Subiaco to move to Fourth

Posted on April 3, 2016 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup moved to fourth place on the PS4 National Premier Leagues WA table with a convincing 5-2 win against Subiaco at the ECU Football Stadium.

The home side bouncing back from their shock Westfield FFA Cup defeat against Dianella last week, and they shared the goals around with five individual scorers. Shane Pickering opened the scoring early, before Gordon Smith doubled their lead before the break. Bayley Brown-Montgomery added another one early in the second half before Kevin White pulled one back for the visitors.  Further goals to Steven McGarry and Harley Orr wrapped up the win, while White bagged a second goal for Subiaco to round off the scoring.

Coach Dale McCulloch said he was looking for a good response from his players after the cup exit, and he said he certainly got one. “We spoke at length after that loss, and I got a perfect response from the lads today,” he said. “We could have had a few more to be honest, but the movement and passing was good, and the win moves us up the table, and gives us back-to-back home wins, so it was a very pleasing performance.”

Defender Shane Pickering, who opened the scoring, said they have worked hard on their game, and they are starting to see the rewards in their performances. “It’s always nice to pop with a goal, long may it continue,” he said.  “We have all worked hard at training and it was good to put in a good team performance. Obviously as a defender not happy to concede a couple of sloppy goals, but overall it’s a good three points and it keeps building momentum.”

It’s been a while since ECU scored five goals and Tommy Amphlett wasn’t on the scoreboard, but he was happy to get the three points. ““We played a lot better today and thoroughly deserved the three points,” he said. “We looked good going forward and Gordy (Gordon Smith) is a quality striker and if we can continue to feed him he will score for us. But I thought it was a good all-round team performance today, and good to get back-to-back league wins.”

Subiaco started brightly and striker Ian McMurray tested ECU keeper David Keenan, before Carlin Feely’s goal-bound shot was blocked by Andy Higgins. But after the early onslaught the home side settled and hit the front on 19 minutes, Pickering firing home Higgins’ corner.  Keenan then pushed Carlin Feely’s free kick around the post moments later as Subiaco looked to hit back but on 40 minutes the home side doubled their advantage. Higgins’ corner again causing problems and Scottish striker Smith headed home at the back post.

ECU made it 3-0 early in the second half, Amphlett’s sent Smith racing down the right, and his low-cross was turned home by Brown-Montgomery at the back post. Subiaco pulled one back three minutes later describe goal!!!!!  ECU continued to dominate and it wasn’t a surprise when they added a fourth just after the hour, McGarry finishing with aplomb after a great through-ball from Smith.  It was 5-1 on 77 minutes, Orr turning home Amphlett’s cross. White scored a late consolation goal for Subiaco with two minutes remaining, finishing James Dorling’s, but it was too little too late. Andy Higgins won the Man of the Match, his performance, in only his second game in eight months was outstanding.

ECU Joondalup 5 (Pickering 19 mins, Smith 40, Brown-Montgomery 52, McGarry 65, Orr 77) v Subiaco 2(White 55 mins, 85)

Referee: Alex Novatsis – Assistants: Liviu Katona and Amit Hosany

ECU Joondalup: GK David KEENAN, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Joseph JONES, 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Andy HIGGINS, 8 Steven WALMSLEY, 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (7 Harley ORR 69’), 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (12 Jack OLDHAM 81’), 14 Steven MCGARRY (16 Josh TUCKER 78’), 18 Henry DURR – Subs not used: RGK Scott WALLIS, 19 Paddy DOYLE – Yellow Cards: Jones 57’, Smith 85’

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Nathan DIAZ, 3 Ger FITZGERALD (18 Dylan ANDREWS 71’), 4 Jackson DONGRAY, 6 Danny MILNE, 7 Carlin FEELEY, 8 Kevin WHITE, 9 Ian MCMURRAY (12 James DORLING 71’), 11 Owen COATES (17 Hamish BLANCHARD 78’), 15 Alexander TRIGLAVCANIN, 16 Zachary HARDISTY – Subs not used: RGK Hamish ST GEORGE, 14 Zack EDWARDS – Yellow Cards: Nil