Higgins’ stunner wins the Glory

Higgins’ stunner wins the Glory

Posted on May 9, 2015 in 'Reports'

ECU Joondalup continued their recent good form with a hard fought 1-0 win against Perth Glory at the ECU Sports Stadium. The only goal of the game will be a contender for goal of the season, with ECU skipper Jon Higgins curling home a long-range free kick superbly.

“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,” ECU defender Carl Rodgers 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.”

Both sides had chances early, Jon Higgins’ shot was saved low by Jordan Franken, before Jamie Serra had to be alert to save Dejan Spaseski’s free kick. Stefen Valentini was a constant threat for the ECU defence, and his shot on the run was saved low by Serra. But on 27 minutes the home side hit the front. ECU won a free kick on the left of the penalty area, and Jon 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. Jon 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 Carl Rodgers and Charlie Comyn-Platt for ECU outstanding in the middle of the back four.

Spaseski tried his luck from long-range, but it was off target, but the best opportunity late fell to the home side. Jon Higgins’ free kick was missed by everyone in the penalty area, but the ball was curling for the bottom corner of the net, but Franken got down to tip around the post at the last minute.

Glory Coach John Gibson said the performance from the youngsters was pleasing, despite the defeat. “”It’s always going to be tough coming to ECU, who have picked up in recent weeks, but I thought we competed really well,” he said. “They’re a very competitive side and, but we stuck to our game plan and we did play some football against them.

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 AMPHLETTSubs 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 TALIMDZIOSKISubs not used: RGK Jordan YOUNG, 14 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS, 15 Sean TROUP

Referee: Tom Glavovic