Dobbs strike gets United through

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

FORRESTFIELD United moved into the quar­ter- fi­nals of the NPL WA Night Se­ries after a 2- 1 win against Ar­madale at Dal­matinac Park last Thursday.

Ben Rogers opened the scor­ing on 54 min­utes, be­fore Michael Rizidis lev­elled for The Reds on the hour. But a stun­ning strike from Cal­lum Dobbs won it eight min­utes later.

Head coach Rod Ban­jac said it was a pleas­ing per­for­mance but there are still things to work on.

“It was good to win the game, but we are not get­ting car­ried away; we are still in pre- sea­son, and it showed at times,” Ban­jac said.

“But the For­rie spirit was on full show last night, with the play­ers match­ing a good Ar­madale side and a stun­ning strike from Dobbs and a great team goal fin­ished off by Rogers gave us the win.

“It was pleas­ing to see some of the younger play­ers get op­por­tu­ni­ties in the win and gives us depth for the NPL.”

Ban­jac said they will hit train­ing this week look­ing to im­prove cer­tain as­pects of their game.

“The coaches and I saw a few things we need to work on as we pre­pare for the quar­ter- fi­nals,” he said.

Ban­jac said he was pleased the ‘ For­rie Army’ were in full voice at the game.

“Our sup­port­ers are the best and it was fan­tas­tic to see a large num­ber at the game and the play­ers re­sponded,” he said.

“We are still build­ing for the new sea­son, and are en­joy­ing pit­ting our wits against the best teams in the league, but like I said these games are good but we are fully fo­cused for Fe­bru­ary 23 when we meet Floreat Athena in our first ever NPL WA game.”

The match is at Dal­matinac Park tonight, with an 8.30pm kick­off.

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