ROCKINGHAM City continued its fine start to life back in State League Division One, battling to a 1-1 draw with UWA-Nedlands last Saturday.
Fresh off its’ 1-0 win over South West Phoenix the previous week, Rockingham made two changes to the squad with new signings Grant Dickie and Abraham Taona making their debuts.
The Students went down 4-2 to defending champions Mandurah City in the first round, but would have headed to Lark Hill with optimism.
UWA started the brighter, but Rockingham held firm before a rare foray into attack saw Alex Grayson brought down in the box.
For the second week in a row, Ryan Kennedy stepped up to the spot but could only watch on as UWA’s keeper saved well to deny City an early lead.
Two minutes later, UWA hit the front after some neat passing led to a chance that was tucked away despite the best efforts of Cyril Sharrock.
Rockingham came out after half-time looking to take the game to UWA and it only took ten minutes to get back on level terms.
A quick release from Sharrock released Christian Hogge who was able to slide the ball to Grayson, who made no mistake, holding off his defender before finishing at the far post.
The game quietened down until the last 10 minutes with both teams attacking at will, looking to claim all three points.
Sean Brady went close, but the keeper was up to the task, saving well at his far post in the dying minutes.
Neither side was able to break the deadlock, with the points shared.
The reserves were outclassed by UWA, going down 3-0 while the Under-18s put on a clinic, routing the Students’ 10-0.
Mitch Morrin grabbed five goals while Callum Ribbans claimed a hat trick.
Brad Borton and Lewis Robson were also on the score sheet.
Rockingham City will host Gosnells at Lark Hill this Saturday with Under-18s at 11am, followed by reserves at 1pm and first team at 3pm.