Rockingham tri­umph in derby thriller

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rockingham City Foot­ball Club edged out lo­cal ri­vals Man­durah City in a thriller at Lark Hill on Satur­day, com­ing from be­hind twice to se­cure a 3-2 vic­tory.

A big crowd was on hand for the derby, with the vis­i­tors open­ing the scor­ing be­fore Rockingham’s Mitch Mor­rin lev­elled things up.

While Rockingham looked to get the ball down and play, Man­durah adopted a more di­rect ap­proach and it looked to have paid off as they found them­selves 2-1 up.

How­ever, Rockingham showed they were made of stern stuff when Koty Mil­lard equalised to make it 2-2 be­fore Josh Mackinder sent the crowd and his coach into rap­tures with a 90th-minute win­ner to take the points.

Rockingham coach Cameron Lord praised his en­tire team for the spir­ited per­for­mance which saw them se­cure their third win of the sea­son. “What was most pleas­ing was they we kept on try­ing to play, de­spite what they were try­ing to do,” Lord said.

“They were very di­rect in go­ing long all the time — we just kept on try­ing to play foot­ball and we got re­warded in the end, which was re­ally nice for us.”

Rockingham will not re­turn to the field un­til May 26 when they face Ash­field.

De­spite the break, Lord said the team would be put through their paces at train­ing with a num­ber of play­ers re­turn­ing from in­jury.

“We’ve got so many peo­ple com­ing back from in­jury now so it’s ob­vi­ously re­ally im­por­tant to try and get peo­ple back up to speed so that when we do play Ash­field in three weeks we’ve got ev­ery­one fit and ev­ery­one avail­able,” he said.

Satur­day’s game against Man­durah also saw Rockingham cel­e­brate 10 years since mov­ing from Dowl­ing Street to Lark Hill, with club pres­i­dent Brian Kennedy hail­ing the oc­ca­sion as a mem­o­rable day for the club.

“It was a great day at the of­fice for Rockingham City with all three State teams win­ning,” Kennedy said. “(The) 18s won 4-0, re­serves won 5-2 and the first team won 3-2.

“Thanks to all RCFC vol­un­teers be­hind the scenes in mak­ing it a mem­o­rable day.”

Pic­tures: Ja­nine Stevens

Rockingham's Koty Mil­lard was among the goals in the 3-2 win over Man­durah City.

City ‘s Cameron Lord cel­e­brates with Josh Mackinder.

Rockingham City's Ross Sta­ley lets one fly.

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