City ends pos­i­tively

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham City Foot­ball Club fin­ished their 2018 State League Night Se­ries cam­paign un­de­feated af­ter a 2-2 draw with Mur­doch Univer­sity Melville FC last Sun­day at Se­cu­ri­tas Pro­tect Sta­dium in Man­durah.

Coach Cameron Lord made six changes to his start­ing line-up which had beaten Gos­nells City 4-1 a week ear­lier; and it was Rock­ing­ham who made the break­through first.

Ryan Kennedy’s free kick from 20 yards broke the dead­lock for Rock­ing­ham about half­way through the first half, but MUM FC re­sponded from the penalty spot to tie the game.

City were then un­lucky to go 2-1 down as young­ster Ja­son Con­sta­ble slipped, with MUM FC break­ing through one-on-one and hit­ting the post be­fore be­ing first to the re­bound to tap the ball into the net.

Rock­ing­ham weren’t done yet though, as Blake Sokolowski clipped over the ball over the MUM FC back­line be­fore Ly­don Hodgkiss fin­ished well to level the game up once more.

With five min­utes re­main­ing Ja­son Pot­tier had a great chance to win the game for Rock­ing­ham af­ter a neat pas­sage of play with Hodgkiss — Pot­tier beat his man to carry the ball into the box but un­for­tu­nately the fin­ish wasn’t enough as he shot straight at the goal­keeper.

Over­all Lord said he was pleased with his team’s per­for­mance through­out the pre-sea­son com­pe­ti­tion. “It’s been re­ally good for us to give play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to get fit and un­der­stand our style of play,” Lord said.

“Five games un­beaten per­haps sends a bit of a mes­sage that we’re go­ing to be hard to beat this year which is good.

“You can never read too much into the night se­ries but still it’s nice to start off in that man­ner.”

Rock­ing­ham’s league sea­son be­gins on April 7 with an away trip to Joon­dalup City.

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