Jacks v Subiaco – Match Preview

Jacks v Subiaco – Match Preview

Posted on March 9, 2018 in 'News'

The Jacks return home on Saturday when we host Subiaco at the ECU Football Stadium in Week 3 of the NPLWA (Kick off 3pm)

Subiaco head north after a hard fought 1-1 draw with Inglewood United last week, while we won for the first time in 2018 with Ross Millard scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win on the road at Floreat Athena.

Defender Adam Tong said it was a real battle, and he said it was a great team performance and they got their rewards. “Last week we had a tough test against a well organised Floreat side which I thought we created more chances even though they had better possession,” he said. “But that was last week we move into a totally different game and a different plan to try and get the three points against Subiaco on Saturday.”

Tong said Saturday’s opponents were the big improvers last season, and he is expecting another huge challenge on Saturday. “It’s a totally changed Subiaco side this year so whatever people are thinking this isn’t going to be an easy game,” he said. “They have performed well in the Night Series and are coming off a good draw at Inglewood, so we need to prepare well, as I’m sure Ian will have them well drilled,” he explained.

The Jacks have added some new players to their squad this season and Tong said competition for places is strong and that’s good going forward this season. “The club have signed some quality players this year adding to what they had last year, so players have to be on their game to be in the squad,” he said.

“For example Steven McGarry (who has been telling everyone at training this week he has a street named after him in Scotland), has been kept out by young Declan Hughes as he got his chance and made his mark, so hopefully that shines through to the other younger lads in our squad and u20’s. So I’m positive if we play the football we want to and are fully focused we can get the three points this weekend.’

Head Coach Dale McCulloch said last week was a great performance. “It was a good team performance against a good Floreat side, and a good strike from Ross won it for us,” he said. “But the whole teams’ effort and commitment to the cause was great, with Josh Whitmore outstanding. We defended well and Johnny Perkins pulled off a number of good saves to keep our noses in front, but what pleased me the most was the TEAM effort, both with and without the ball.”

McCullough said Subiaco are another challenge, but he is looking for consistency from the team. “On Saturday we will be looking for our first home win of the season, but we know we have to be at our best,” he said. “Subiaco have shown last season, and in the Night Series this season, they are a good side, but we are concentrating on getting consistent performances going, to maintain our unbeaten start to the season.”

Subiaco Head Coach Ian McMurray was left frustrated, after they conceded late in the game at Inglewood. “The draw last week was disappointing, but more on the way we conceded late on, but the effort we put in and the overall performance was definitely a positive,” he said. “I could see and feel they were disappointed in changing rooms after the match but if someone had offered a point before the match, playing a very good Inglewood team away from home, I’d probably have taken it.”

McMurray heads back to his former club on Saturday, and he’s expecting another tough game. “Yes, back to my old club, where I have a lot of great friends and memories and I’ll look forward to seeing them,” he explained. “ECU have started very well, I watched them on Sunday night at Floreat and was impressed with what I saw. They are a very good side with quality throughout the squad and Dale has them looking very dangerous and playing some good football. We know it’s another tough match for us but one we’re looking forward to, especially after last week, the lads have worked very well this week and are looking forward to the challenge.”

The under 18’s kick off at 11am, the under 20’s at 1.00pm and the First team at 3.00pm