Jacks from the Past – 2003 & 2015

Jacks from the Past – 2003 & 2015

Posted on May 3, 2020 in 'News'

With the 2020 season in hiatuses we look back at ECU Joondalup Soccer Club games from this weekend in the past.

Today we have a double-header with games from the SWC Premier League in 2003 and the NPL in 2015.

First we go back to May 3, 2003 when Stuart Kamasz’s side headed to the Swan Valley to take on Carlo Scali’s Swan IC in Round five of the SWC Premier League. This one didn’t disappoint with both sides putting on a ten-goal thriller in a 5-5 draw at Francis Street. The Jacks were coming off a heavy defeat against Perth SC in round four, while Swan beat Floreat Athena on the road for their first win of the season.

The Jacks were sitting middle of the table at kick off, but made a great start to this one with one of the fastest goals of the season. The crowd were still getting into their seat when Derek Cooke’s cross was headed home by Eugene Singeorzan, much to the delight of the travelling supporters. The Jacks doubled their lead on five minutes, neat lead-up play from Garin Collins ended with Cooke finding the target.

The points looked wrapped up on ten minutes as Kamasz’s side made it 3-0, Singeorzan getting on the end of another neat build-up to double his tally. The home faithful were shell-shocked but the black and whites hit back with Paul Lincoln and Elton Holmes both going close. Then ten minutes before the break the home side pulled one back, Lincoln’s shot on the turn beating Peter Stewart in the Jacks goal. Moments later Swan pulled another one back, Holmes on target this time as the Jacks failed to clear their lines.

After their half time refreshments, the home supporters were on their feet again early in the second half when Holmes bagged his second, and remarkably they hit the front with Lincoln also bagging his second. But the Jacks hit back and a ball over the top sent Collins clear and the Scotsman kept his composure to beat Cory Hugo to make it 4-4. In this see-sawing encounter the momentum was now with the Jacks and it wasn’t a surprise when they regained the lead on 80 minutes, with Collins scoring a stunning long-range strike that gave Hugo no chance.

It looked like the points were heading back to the campus, but Swan and Lincoln had other ideas. Deep into injury time a free kick from the left wasn’t dealt with and Lincoln was on hand to score to make it 5-5 and earn his side a point and complete his hat-trick.

Next up we move to May 2. 2015 when Dale McCulloch’s side hosted John Gibson’s Perth Glory in round five of the NPL at the ECU Football Stadium. The Jacks went into this one on the back of a 2-1 win against local rivals Sorrento in the previous round, while Glory were coming off a 1-3 loss against Subiaco. The only goal of the game was a contender for goal of the season, with skipper Jon Higgins curling home a long-range free kick superbly.

Jacks defender Carl Rodgers said it was a good result and it gives them plenty to build on. “We’re all obviously happy because we’re now unbeaten in the last three games and we’ve showed that we can dig in and grind out a result,” he said. “As well as play our normal game, we got the ball down and played some good football. We also kept a clean sheet and we’ll look to build on that defensive performance next week and hopefully add a bit more quality to our game, going forward.”

A late goal from Jon Stynes had given the Jacks the win at Percy Doyle Reserve, but it was the performance of Higgins that took all the headlines, coming on after an hour and he was rewarded with a start in this one, he replaced Danny Dixon in the only change to the starting eleven. Both sides had chances early, Higgins’ shot was saved low by the alert Jordan Franken, before Jamie Serra got down well to save Dejan Spaseski’s free kick. Young striker Stefen Valentini was a constant threat, and his shot on the run was saved low by Serra.

But on 27 minutes the home side hit the front. They won a free kick on the left of the penalty area, and Higgins curled the ball up and over the wall and into the top corner of the net. There were early chances to both sides after the break. Stynes’ header was tipped over the top by Franken, before Serra saved well to deny the lively Spaseski. Chances were few and far between, with both sets of defenders were on top, with Jacob Collard and Nathan Costello for the Glory and Jacks pair of Rodgers and Charlie Comyn-Platt, outstanding in the middle of the back four.


In a tense finish both sides had chances. First Spaseski tried his luck from long-range, but it was off target, while Valentini was denied by Serra. But the best opportunity fell to the home side late in the game, and again it was Higgins over a set-piece. This time his delivery was missed by everyone in the penalty area, and the ball was curling into the bottom corner of the net, but Franken got down superbly to tip it around the post.

Teams on the day……

ECU Joondalup: GK Jamie SERRA, 2 Ryan LOWRY (12 Josh TUCKER 87′), 3 Jon HIGGINS (c), 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Carl RODGERS, 6 Jon STYNES (18 Stuart MONTGOMERY 76′), 8 Joe SMITH, 9 Guy McDONALD (7 Paul MILLER 58′), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Rowdy YATES, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT –  Subs not used: RGK Ashley MAYNARD-BREWER, 17 Bayley MONTGOMERY

Perth Glory:  GK Jordan FRANKEN, 2 Gian ALBANO, 3 Jacob COLLARD (c), 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 5 Tom KING, 6 Calvin WHITNEY, 7 Sam MCKEARNAN (13 Waliedin ISMAIL 71’), 8 Dejan SPASESKI, 9 Stefan VALENTINI (12 Ali GHOLAMI 87′), 10 Slobodan VULIN, 11 Nick TALIMDZIOSKI – Subs not used: RGK Jordan YOUNG, 14 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS, 15 Sean TROUP – Referee: Tom Glavovic