Spir­ited Rovers fall to Dy­namos

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Jeremy Con­nor

ROVERS gath­ered in Bun­bury to play against Dy­namos in a bot­tom of the lad­der face-off and came away with a 3-2 loss.

From the first kick-off, they looked to be the bet­ter side, demon­strat­ing con­fi­dence and mov­ing the ball be­tween play­ers into at­tack­ing space.

The first goal went to the Rovers af­ter a cor­ner kick found the head of Tack Burns, whose header played onto Brodie Miller.

Miller then headed the ball blindly back­wards over the Dy­namos keeper and into the net. The sec­ond Rovers goal came through a penalty, when Tack Burns wasted no time in con­vert­ing, se­cur­ing the lead be­fore half­time.

Rovers’ re­duced num­bers al­ways meant that as the game wore on and Dy­namos lever­aged their bench, the fight got harder and harder.

The odds against the Rovers took fur­ther mul­ti­ple turns for the worse.

The first of these was an un­for­tu­nate ju­di­cial er­ror when the ref­eree made a poor call, giv­ing a red card to Isiah Conopo for shov­ing, when he was ac­tu­ally the vic­tim not per­pe­tra­tor.

This left the Dy­namos cul­prit hav­ing not only avoided any pun­ish­ment but also hav­ing fur­ther re­duced the Rovers play­ers to nine on the pitch against their full side.

Rovers fought on and were still hold­ing the Dy­namos well, when an un­for­tu­nate in­jury dur­ing a con­tested tackle saw right de­fence­man Ashley Maloney re­moved with an in­jured an­kle.

Af­ter these two vi­tal losses, the Rovers were left fac­ing a nearly im­pos­si­ble task to de­fend the lead un­til the clock played out.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment, the Rovers felt ev­ery player on the pitch could hold their heads high.

Troy Reid tries to wres­tle the ball away from a Dy­namos player.

Pic­tures: Emma Grif­fiths

Tack Burns looks to get a header off the ball.

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