City weather stormy start to clinch 1-0 victory
With a host of regulars missing, it was a new look for Rockingham City division one in the State League of Round 5 that took to the field against Canning City on Saturday.
They were under immediate pressure playing against the strong breeze as Canning started brightly, but fought back to victory with the final score 1-0.
Rockingham settled into the game with Abraham Taona linking up well with Reece Frank, which caused Canning plenty of problems.
Alex Grayson came to dominate the game as his range of passing was on show from the middle of the park.
It was all square at half-time, with chances limited to strikes from distance.
In the second half it was Rockingham’s turn with the wind at their back and after some great pressure from Gersh Rowland, the ball fell to Grayson. He shrugged off his man and sent a ferocious effort flying into the top corner to give Rocky the lead.
Within minutes the game turned on its head as a red card to the impressive Grayson reduced the home side to 10 men.
The home side dug in and defended their goal with effort and desperation, Sean Brady and Lydon Hodgkiss refusing to be beaten as they dragged the home side to victory.
It was a great result against tough opponents in weather conditions which made it difficult for both sides, but Rockingham now move to eight points and fourth on the ladder.
Rockingham City 18s also had a great day welcoming Canning to Lark Hill in blustery conditions and taking the win 3-0.
Rockingham played into the wind in the first half, and despite an early lead from a Lorenz Araneda corner of which Sam Warren met the ball first, struggled to use the conditions to their advantage.
With a slender 1-0 advantage at half-time, Rockingham knew they would have to defend clinically in the second half playing against the wind.
Rockingham produced a far better performance in the second half against the wind and were rewarded with a clinical Mitch Morrin finish, rolling his marker and striking off the post to double Rockingham’s lead.
Canning tried forcing Rockingham into defending from deeper positions but some clinical and strong clearances from Niko Burns in particular got the home side pushed out of their defending half.
Morrin scored a second and put the game to bed with a third goal in a strong and clinical performance at both ends of the pitch.
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