City ends positively
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.