Rockingham City enter final showdown with Forrestfield United for championship

Alex Grayson |in action. |Picture: |Michael Parr
Alex Grayson |in action. |Picture: |Michael Parr

AFTER 21 rounds, Rockingham City’s season rests on the result of one game.

City drew 0-0 away to Wanneroo City last Saturday, and in the process surrendered top spot on the State League Division 2 table to Forrestfield United – tomorrow’s opponent.

Forrestfield hold a one-point lead over City after dispatching Balga 8-0, and need only a draw tomorrow to secure the championship and the sole promotion place to Division 1.

City opened with a blitz on Wanneroo’s goal with Ryan Hazlett twice put through on goal courtesy of excellent passes by Alex Grayson and Ryan Kennedy, but Wanneroo’s keeper repelled him both times.

Despite dominating, City were unable to down a resilient Wanneroo, who will finish fourth regardless of results this weekend.

Forced to shoot from distance because of Wanneroo’s excellent defence, City saw Grayson sting the palms of the keeper and Hazlett shoot just wide.

Max Snelson rose to meet a cross with a powerful header that looked bound for the back of the net, but it was cleared off the line, much to City’s disappointment.

In the second half, City were restricted to efforts from distance and again seeing a header cleared off the line, this time from Papa Kpatar.

In round 11, City defeated Forrestfield 1-0 on their own patch.

City’s reserves won 2-1 thanks to goals from Callum Rothwell and Gersholm Rowland, while the under-18 side defeated Wanneroo 7-1 and, if they win tomorrow, will be crowned champions.