ECU Masters Get off to a Flyer in Their Season Opener

ECU Masters Get off to a Flyer in Their Season Opener

Posted on June 23, 2020 in 'News'

The ECU Joondalup Masters started life in the Belt-Up Masters Combined Premier & North Division One with an emphatic 7-0 win away to Olympic Kingsway.

The Jacks went into the opener with six of their seven new signings, Andrei Sarpe, Brendan Shannon, Craig Highet, Darren Broxton, Karl Chrimes, Pete Vukmirovic available, with only Dara Armstrong missing from the line-up.

It was a great start for Rancatore’s side and they were ahead on 10 minutes, with Ollie Hilton scoring with a fine finish after bringing the ball down superbly. It was 2-0 on the half hour with Highet finding the net from an excellent Vukmirovic cross.

The Jacks took control after the break with Vukmirovic making it 3-0 on 58 minutes after corner specialist Broxton found his head, before Buckland added the fourth on the hour with an exquisite chip after Rancatore beat 14 men and laid one off on a silver tray to him.

Vukmirovic bagged his second to make it 5-0, before Andy Brown made it 6-0 on 75 minutes. The scoring was wrapped up in the final minute with Croxall adding the seventh with a fine solo individual effort to seal comfortable win.

In his post-match interview Head Coach Rick Rancatore was at his usual best. “All the boys were superb today, the defence and midfield were solid and the rotating attacking quartet constantly caused the opposition all sorts of problems,” he said.

“Some of the passing interchanges were superb, and the mobility of Andrei Sarpe was frightening (for us). Unfortunately, some of the goals may have gone to some of my players heads.

“I’m fearful some of the boys might turn up next Sunday sporting Ronaldo style haircuts. I’m expecting a quite week this week though in my counselling rooms, which will be refreshing”!

Goalscorer Andy Brown echoed the coach’s comments. “I thought we played well, and we only had one injury which was a bonus going forward,” Andrew Brown said.

“It’s great as a team to score seven goals, and it’s more pleasing to have six different scorers, a good team performance.”

ECU Joondalup Masters: GK Chrimes, 2 Mills, 3 Shannon, 4 Buckland, 5 Croxall (c), 6 Evans, 7 Broxton, 8 Hilton, 9 Sarpe, 10 Rancatore, 11 King, 12 Highet, 14 Wright, 15 Brown, 16 Vukmirovic