Rovers un­lucky to go down to Col­lie

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Sport - Jeremy Con­nor

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.

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