Rovers women take a hit, men draw

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | Sport -

ROVERS men and women played their final matches on home soil and de­spite all-round good play, both teams fin­ished sixth on the South West Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion lad­der.

The Rovers women played first against an in-form top-of-the­lad­der Black­wood in the Re­serves Ladies League but suf­fered a 7-1 loss.

De­spite play­ing to­gether well and with great heart, the Rovers women were un­able to stop Black­wood’s at­tack­ing passes from find­ing gaps.

Rovers men faced off against Bun­bury Dy­namos in a nail-bit­ing one-all draw in the Men’s Di­vi­sion One League.

Both teams con­tested ev­ery­thRovers ing and fought for pos­ses­sion and dom­i­nance from kick-off, but nei­ther team ap­peared to have a strong ad­van­tage.

The ball flowed quickly across the pitch but nei­ther goalie was be­ing tested by de­ci­sive strikes.

It was Bun­bury who got on the score­board first when a wellplaced cor­ner found a player in the box, whose strike at goal hit a de­fender’s fore­arm with a penalty be­ing given.

Dy­namos mid-fielder Brian Ross con­verted the penalty into a one-nil lead.

Rovers fought on through the first half, with emo­tions run­ning high at times and play be­com­ing quite in­tense lead­ing into the break.

re­grouped and ad­justed their game com­ing into the sec­ond calmer and more fo­cused but the dead­lock on the pitch con­tin­ued with nei­ther team be­ing able to con­trol play or pos­ses­sion.

With the clock run­ning out, Rovers kept fight­ing but a come­back started to look less and less prob­a­ble un­til sud­denly a long ball played out of de­fense com­bined with some clever pass­ing and po­si­tion­ing be­tween Rus­lan Tokalenko and Tack Burns, re­sulted in an out­stand­ing equaliser.

With five min­utes on the clock, both teams did them­selves proud and fought hard to try and claim the vic­tory.

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