MANDURAH City’s defence of its State League Division One crown got off to the perfect start last Saturday, defeating UWA-Nedlands 4-2.
Mandurah went to the break with a 3-0 lead with Jonathan Brooks smashing home a free kick, Jordan Rhodes converting a penalty and Ollie McGhee sending a powerful header past the keeper from a corner.
UWA had their chances, but Mandurah keeper Struan Herd showed his mettle, making some strong saves to deny the Students.
Alex Kretowicz got UWA on the board after the break with a tap in from six yards before he earned and converted a penalty to get his side back into the contest at 3-2.
However, with barely 15 minutes to play, Rhodes was picked out by a cross, heading home to secure the 4-2 win and dream start to Mandurah’s 2016 campaign.
The reserves found it a little tougher, grabbing a 2-2 draw while the Under-18s posted a 2-1 victory.
This week Mandurah return home to take on Western Knights.
Under-18s kick off at 11am, followed by reserves at 1pm and first team at 3pm.