Ni­choll dou­ble books in first out­ing for club

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

NEW Curtin Uni­ver­sity Foot­ball Club sign­ing Rob­bie Ni­choll saw red in his first game for the club as Rock­ing­ham put five past Mackenzie Fer­gu­son on Satur­day.

Khaled Sal­hah scored the only goal for an un­der­manned Curtin as Alex Grayson scored twice for Rock­ing­ham, with Ryan Kennedy, Max Snel­son and David Clarke also scor­ing for the vis­i­tors.

It was Rock­ing­ham keeper Cyril Shar­rock who was pick­ing the ball out of the back of his net early on as Sal­hah rose tall to pow­er­fully head home a Carlo Chiellini cross af­ter four min­utes.

Grayson then drew the sides level just min­utes later as he poked home when Curtin thought they had a free kick in the mid­dle of the park for a foul on Chiellini.

Ryan Kennedy then gave Rock­ing­ham the lead from a dead ball he put into the top cor­ner.

The next 15 min­utes were may­hem as Ni­choll was sent from the pitch for a sec­ond book­able of­fence and Rock­ing­ham put two more away from set pieces, as Grayson scored his sec­ond and then Snel­son got in on the ac­tion.

Rock­ing­ham had a 4-1 lead into the break, with Curtin fac­ing a moun­tain of a task in the sec­ond half.

In the sec­ond half it was a case of what could have been for the home side, as Curtin pep­pered Shar­rock’s goal but to no avail, as the Rock­ing­ham keeper was saved on more than one oc­ca­sion by his de­fend­ers.

First it was Nathan Smith who had a chance for Curtin be­fore Sal­hah saw his header cleared off the line and then Dilip Thapa was un­lucky not to score af­ter beat­ing four play­ers.

Clarke sealed the 5-1 win for Rock­ing­ham as Curtin com­mit­ted bod­ies for­ward in the dy­ing stages of the game.

David Can­toni

Al­bert Bucchino played well on Satur­day but Curtin re­ceived a hid­ing.

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