Girls step up to help out Rovers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Sport -

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.

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