Jacks From the Past – 2008

Jacks From the Past – 2008

Posted on April 17, 2020 in 'News'

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

Today we go back to April 19 2008 when Willie McNally’s Jacks side headed to Nash Field to take on Ronnie Campbell’s Western Knights in round two of the State Premier League. The Jacks were pipped for a spot in the pre-season Night Series Semi-Final after a 1-4 loss to Perth SC in the final group B game.

While in the opening league game, the Jacks fought back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens. A first half brace from David Onoforo looked to have sent Perth down the road to victory before John Thornley and Ian McMurray netted after the interval to snatch a share of the points

It was McNally’s second season in charge of the Jacks, and in this game a first half goal from a young Tommy Amphlett and another one after the break from McMurray secured the points. But they had to fight to the end to secure the win after Thornley was sent off.

Chances on goal were few and far between in a tight opening half hour, but it was the Jacks who began to take control and went close moments later. Amphlett was sent in on goal and he skipped past Josip Peran and fired under goalkeeper Kevin Miller who turned to see the shot rebound off the upright and roll across the line before being cleared by Cormac Dawson.

But the Jacks took a deserved lead eight minutes before the break, when the lively Amphlett’s superb swerving shot found the far corner of the net after a darting run through midfield. With Campbell’s half-time address still ringing in their ears, the Knights came out for the second half determined to get back into the game. A header at point blank range by Anthony Fearon was tipped away by Tommi Tomich, while Rory Grant sent the ball narrowly wide after meeting a Luka Jukic corner.

The Knights chances of snatching a result were given a massive boost when Thornley was issued a couple of quick yellow cards. Grant had a golden opportunity to level in the 72 minutes when put free with just the ‘keeper to beat but once again Tomich stood tall to deny him.  It would prove to be a costly miss as four minutes later McMurray latched on to a long Tomich clearance, beating two opponents and rounding Miller and slotted into an empty net.

Lead by Paul Cooke and Dawson, the Knights refused to give up hope but could find no way past a solid defensive line marshalled by Tomich and Craig Simpson. The Jacks leaving with all three points, and great performance from Amphlett, Tomich and McMurray to hopefully kick start their season.