Rock­ing­ham side no match for switched-on Joon­dalup

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Brian Kennedy

Rock­ing­ham City hosted night se­ries win­ners Joon­dalup United at Lark Hill on Satur­day in a tough match for the young side.

With four reg­u­lar play­ers un­avail­able, Rock­ing­ham had not played a com­pet­i­tive match for three weeks, and it showed.

The home side took time to ad­just against a Joon­dalup team who were scor­ing goals for fun.

The game started with United play­ing a long-ball style of play and Rock­ing­ham de­fend­ing well up un­til the 15-minute mark.

At that point, a clear­ance fell to the United player who made a neat one-two and slot­ted the ball past Cyril Shar­rock in goals to make it 1-0.

Rock­ing­ham rarely had pos­ses­sion but did have some chances with Abra­ham Taona and Ger­shom Row­land link­ing up, only for Row­land’s shot to go wide.

A Ryan Kennedy free kick found cap­tain Sean Brady at the far post to nod back into the box, but with no one there to fin­ish the set piece.

Rock­ing­ham de­fended against the wind and long balls to go into half time trail­ing 1-0.

The sec­ond half be­gan bet­ter as Rock­ing­ham were able to string passes to­gether and Ly­don Hodgkiss was start­ing to dom­i­nate the mid­field. It was against the run of play, though, and United were handed a penalty free kick, which their cap­tain put past Shar­rock to make it 2-0.

Rock­ing­ham started to press more and were awarded a penalty. Maxwell Snel­son stepped up to have his penalty saved, but tapped in the re­bound with 12 min­utes re­main­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, time ran out with chances falling and it was not enough.

Rock­ing­ham City re­serves at last claimed a well-de­served 2-1 vic­tory against Joon­dalup re­serves, with goals from Hi­lario Nunes and Brian Gwin­tringa.

The un­der-18s also had a great 2-1 win to go top of the un­der-18s State League Di­vi­sion One, with an­other goal from in-form striker Mitch Mor­rin, to take his goal tally to 15 for the sea­son, and a su­perb free-kick goal from Luke Car­roll.

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