McGarry’s double in Jacks draw with Glory

McGarry’s double in Jacks draw with Glory

Posted on March 12, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have had their final pre-season game ahead of the 2016 season with a 3-3 draw against fellow PS4NPLWA side Perth Glory at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday morning.

Steve McGarry opened the scoring from the spot on 11 minutes, but Nikola Talimdzioski leveled on 22 minutes. McGarry added his second with curling free kick on the half hour and Gino Albano scored an own goal to send the Jacks into the break with a 3-1 lead. But two second half goals from Daniel Stynes gave Glory a share of the spoils.

“It was a decent workout for the lads today, they started well in the first fifteen minutes, but we dug deep,” ECU coach Dale McCulloch said. “We got a goal on the break, with the penalty, but we made changes at the break to give players a run out and disrupted out game, but I was really happy with the endeavor of the lads, especially in the heat.”

The Coach praised new signing Henry Durr, who put in a man of the match performance against his former club. “Henry was outstanding today, and we knew that when we signed him,” McCulloch explained. “He never stopped running all game and showed his fitness levels, but I was also pleased with Steven Walmsley and Henry Orr in their first games this season for us and it bodes well for the season ahead.”

It was Durr’s first game against the side he played for last season and he said it was a good preparation for the league season. “It was a good game unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted in the end but we created lots of positives throughout the game giving us confidence going into the first game of the season next week,” he said. “I thought we were the better team for the majority of the game and created enough chances to win. It was great finally getting out playing for ECU again hopefully I can keep performing well throughout the season and help the team to a successful year.”

The only disappointment on the day was letting the two goal lead slip but Durr said they head into next week’s game against Sorrento confident. “ It was disappointing to concede three goals and I think we could have done more in the build up to stopping them from happening, I’m sure we’ll be working on that this week and getting ready for Sorrento,” he said. “But like I said there was lots of positives for us to take away from the match and we’re all focused on getting three points next week.”

It was a hot day in the Northern suburb, and it was the Glory who opened the brighter, and Dave Keenan had to be alert on six minutes to save. But on ten minutes ECU hit the front, Josh Booysen was bundled down in the box by Gian Albano, and referee Ammar Timour pointed to the spot, and McGarry scored from the resulting free kick.  But ten minutes later the Glory hit back. Former ECU youngster Ross Millard’s cross from the left was volley home well by Talimdzioski.

But their lead lasted only nine minutes, with McGarry’s free kick fumbled into the net by Jordan Thurtell. It was 3-1 on 36 minutes, a back pass from Albano was missed by keeper Thurtell, and despite the keepers best effort’s he couldn’t retrieve the ball before it crossed the line. It was nearly 4-1 on the stroke of half time. McGarry’s ball over the top sent Tommy Amphlett clear, but the former Perth Glory striker’s shot on the run was well saved by Thurtell.

Glory hit back after the break, Stynes was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty area and he finished low past Keenan. It was end to end football, Gordon Smith low shot was well saved by Thurtell, but the Glory levelled on 75 minutes. There was a suspicion of offside when another former ECU Junior, Joe Knowles sent a ball into Stynes, but the flag stayed down and he finished well. Both sides pressed looking for the winner, Knowles’ shot on the run was well saved by Keenan, before Smith flick from Bayley Brown-Montgomery’s cross flashed inches over the top.

Match Details:

ECU Joondalup: GK Dave Keenan, 2 Coire McGuigan, 3 Ryan Lowry, 4 Joseph Jones (5 Jack Oldham 68’), 6 Henry Durr, 7 Harley Orr (16 Bayley Brown-Montgomery 57’), 9 Ollie Annis, 11 Josh Booysen, 13 Tommy Amphlett (15 Paddy Doyle 81’), 14 Steven McGarry (10 Gordon Smith 57’), 17 Stephen Walmsley – Subs not used:  RGK Scott Wallis – Yellow Cards : Nil

Perth Glory: GK Jordan Thurtell, 2 Gian Albano (15 Murray 61’), 3 Jackson Morgan, 4 Sam Robertson, 5 Ross Millard, 6 Calvin Whitney, 7 Sam McKearnen, 8 Daniel Stynes, 9 Joe Knowles, 10 Hagi Gligor, 11 Nikola Talmdzioski – Subs not used: 12 Sean Troup, 13 Waliedin Ismail, 14 Thomas Pope, , 16 Leach, 17 Timmons, 18 McEwan – Yellow Card: Robertson 33’, Knowles 57’

Referee: Ammar Timour