Rockingham City celebrates five-star win over Armadale

Sarah SmitSound Telegraph
Rockingham City players celebrate one of their five goals against Armadale.
Camera IconRockingham City players celebrate one of their five goals against Armadale. Credit: Jonny Warrington

Rockingham City claimed three vital points in their bid for National Premier Leagues WA survival as they hammered Armadale 5-0 at Lark Hill Sportsplex on Saturday.

Rockingham brought their best to the DT38 round 13 game to move to within a point of ninth-place Armadale, who could not match their energy and commitment.

James Harmer opened the scoring on 21 minutes with a low shot from distance, which escaped keeper Sam Hutchings’ grasp and rolled over the line, with teenager Robbie Galvin following up to make sure.

Riley Van Deiken swiftly followed up on the heels of Galvin, sinking the ball into the net two minutes later.

Rockingham’s veteran goalkeeper Cyril Sharrock demonstrated his worth with a brilliant triple save to ensure Armadale was denied a lifeline before the break.

City’s third goal on 58 minutes was one Armadale will want to forget, with a straight ball down the middle resulting in Harmer running in on goal unopposed from just inside his own half.

Hutchings came to meet him but tripped and could only watch impotently as the Rockingham skipper slotted into the unguarded net.

More poor defending allowed Van Deiken to head home his second on 83 minutes, while Harry Collins made it five in the 90th minute as Armadale’s rearguard collapsed.

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