Rovers unlucky to go down to Collie
THE Rovers took to the field against Collie in the first knockout round of the South West Soccer Association Cup and despite some excellent play were defeated 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
In the first half Rovers stand-in keeper Stephen Burch made an excellent palm save, deflecting the ball over the top bar and out on a powerful close-range strike.
As the game wore on, Rovers continued passing well and making many interceptions but were unable to break Collie and get on the scoreboard.
The closest they came was a bending shot from Christo Thomas, which worked around the defenders and hit the post.
Shortly after Rovers’ normal keeper, Craig Emslie had arrived and was given his first real test of the day in the form of a direct free kick from just outside the box. The ball was struck well, passing through the wall.
Emslie made a diving save and reached it, pushing it wide of the post and keeping the scores nil all.
After half time, Collie’s extra substitutes were starting to become a factor as the Rovers tired.
Rovers did well, but their possession and goal scoring opportunities were reduced as the game wore on.
They continued to defend well despite many counter attacks and a stronger Collie midfield, eventually bringing the game to a penalty shootout.