Rockingham City battered by Balcatta in NPL WA debut

Staff ReportersSound Telegraph
Rockingham City's James Harmer, coach Cameron Lord and president Brian Kennedy at the NPL WA season launch.
Camera IconRockingham City's James Harmer, coach Cameron Lord and president Brian Kennedy at the NPL WA season launch. Credit: Football West/Facebook

Rockingham City’s start to life in the National Premier Leagues WA could not have gone much worse as Balcatta dished out a 4-0 pasting in round 1 on Saturday.

Cameron Lord’s team impressed in the pre-season Night Series but found the real thing a different story at Grindleford Reserve.

Three goals in seven minutes either side of the interval proved the undoing of the State League Division 1 champions.

Gavin Knight and Jonathan Corness scored in quick succession before half time, then Adam Zimarino made it safe early in the second half.

There was also time for Shubham Mokala to highlight his potential with a curling effort which made it 4-0, leaving Balcatta coach Goran Stajic “super proud” of his young players.

As for Lord, he took the heavy loss on the chin.

“We got what we deserved,” he said.

The season kicked off on Friday night with Bayswater City enjoying a 3-0 win at Inglewood United.

ECU draw against champions Perth SC 2-2 at Dorrien Gardens, while Stirling Lions crashed 2-0 at home to Armadale.

Night Series winners Floreat Athena are unbeaten in 10 NPL WA matches stretching to last the back end of last season following a 2-1 opening round victory over Perth Glory, and Sorrento suffered a 3-2 home loss to Cockburn City.

The NPL WA has reverted to 12 clubs this season, down from last season’s 14, with one team to be relegated.

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