Rovers women take a hit, men draw
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.