Girls step up to help out Rovers
MANJIMUP Rovers Soccer Club men’s side came away with a 5-4 loss against Dalyellup in an away game on Sunday.
Rovers have struggled with numbers in recent weeks as they approach the end of the 2017 season and once again Taiesha Chapman and Madison Griffiths from the girl’s team stepped up and played two games back to back to help support the men, giving them nine players at kick off.
Both sides started with missing players but Rovers looked stronger early.
Gaps in the field led to opportunities on both sides, but the passing and communication from the Rovers was better, leading to multiple goals, including two from Tack Burns and two from Chapman.
Unfortunately, the scoring was not all in Rovers’ favour, despite some amazing diving fingertip saves from goalkeeper Craig Emslie.
Dalyellup was able to score two goals in the first half, leaving Rovers with a 4-2 lead at the break.
Coming out of half-time the Rovers looked confident but some surprise reinforcements from Dalyellup in the form of higher-level reserve players had arrived, giving them an extra player with fresh legs.
Dalyellup scored two great goals bringing the score to four -all early in the second half.
The Rovers tried to fight back and despite excellent efforts from Ruslan Tokalenko on the left wing, they were unable to produce goal-scoring opportunities of the same threat as they did in the first half.
Dalyellup’s defence was strong and they held out through all attacks, including executing multiple high-pace, high-risk and excellent tackles on break away counter-attacks from the Rovers.
In the end, the Rovers were undone by a free kick which seemed to bounce over the line in slow motion, giving the home side a one goal advantage at the final whistle.
The Rovers may have lost, but they held their heads high and gave it their best.
This week marks the final game for the 2017 season.
Rovers will host Dynamos on Sunday.
If you would like to come and cheer for the team, the Rovers welcome spectators and will be playing at the Collier Street grounds in Manjimup that afternoon.