Rockingham side no match for switched-on Joondalup
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.