Rockingham soccer starlets savour cup glory
Rockingham City Football Club’s under 12s got a taste of cup final glory last Sunday, as they defeated Perth Soccer Club 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their Smarter Than Smoking Junior Cup Final at Hartfield Park.
The youngsters, led by coaches Jack Grayson and Charlie Allan, took the lead against their northern rivals in the first half.
After dictating the first half with some fine composure on the ball, Perth’s bigger physical presence began to pile on the pressure in the second half, equalising and later sending the game directly to a penalty shootout.
In what was the first big cup final experience for the players, Rockingham’s youngsters held their nerve from the spot to prevail 4-2 when it mattered the most - sending friends, family and fans into raptures.
Rockingham City FC technical director Matt Brook said the team’s success was a reflection of the hard work the club had put in over the last few years as well as being an indicator for the positive direction the club was headed in future.
Before taking to the field last Sunday, the under 12s had already won the league with a few weeks to spare.
Over the coming weeks they will finish the home and away season before a top four crossover finals series against the other under 12s league in the NPL.
Brook said Rockingham City FC had about 28 junior teams with 300 players - with about 450 players across the whole club.
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