Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield

Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield
Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield
Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield
Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield
Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield
Rockingham get back in the winners’ circle after 2-1 against Forrestfield

ROCKINGHAM City bounced back to winning ways, defeating rivals Forrestfield United 2-1 at Lark Hill on Saturday.

After going down to ladder-leaders Joondalup United 6-1 the week before, several changes were made with veteran custodian Cyril Sharrock returning, while Alex Grayson also returned.’

Gershom Rowland, Abraham Taona and Christian Hogge led the line, which made it no easy task for Forrestfield to play their attacking football.

Rockingham started well in blustery conditions with Hogge making use of the space he had with chances being created for Taona and Rowland.

However, City was unable to get on the score sheet with some desperate defending saving Forrestfield from going behind early on.

Taona had a good chance to score early on dispossessing the centre half of possession on for the keeper to make a timed save.

With the wind playing its part again, a Ryan Kennedy corner led to a goalmouth scramble and in the 13th minute captain Sean Brady was quickest to pounce, hit his volley into the roof of the net and send the crowd into raptures.

Rockingham kept the pressure on and Taona got past his man only for the cross to be well defended again.

City was unable to capitalise on their wealth of chances and Forrestfield made them pay with a Rockingham attack being stopped and a quick attack allowed Liam Merrigan to equalise with a well-finished goal right before half time.

With last year’s end of season result still in some minds, Rockingham pushed on and made sure there would be no repeat.

Taona was through on goal after again taking the ball from the full back but again, United’s ‘keeper thwarted him.

Rockingham did have to wait but the winner eventually came through Grayson who sent Hogge through on goal.

Hogge coolly hit a well-timed shot into the side of the net and made sure Rockingham would take the three points and send Forrestfield home with a bit of revenge from last year.

Rockingham now sit equal with Forrestfield in fourth spot with three games remaining.

City travel to sixth placed Ashfield on Saturday with hopes of further increasing the gap between the two sides.

In other results, the reserves were left heartbroken when Forrestfield scooped the three points with a late goal to win 3-2, while the Under-18s maintained top spot with a tough 2-1 win.