Red cards seem to be the order of the day in both the NPL and State league games on Saturday.
In the NPL game, it was a David v Goliath match on paper, with Rockingham City at home to top of the table Floreat Athena. The visitors took the lead through Rezai but Rocky equalised just before half time through a Van Dieken goal. Rockingham then went down to ten men when Bolan was sent off and not long after, the visitors scored the second and winning goal through McManus. The red cards however didn’t stop there as Floreat were also reduced to 10 men when Festa was sent off in the dying minutes. The result now means Rockingham are 6 points adrift at the bottom of the table.
In the state league game, Olympic Kingsway got a smash and grab win over Mandurah City. Despite not really creating any threats to the Mandurah goal and the visiting goalkeeper pulling of some excellent saves, Goodliffe from Olympic scored in the 90th minute to take the points back up the freeway. Again, red cards in this game as well as Boyle was sent off with 10 minutes to go. This result means Mandurah are currently 6 points of the top 4 but do have a game in hand.
In the junior cup games, our remaining clubs had a mixed day.
In the Under 13’s cup, Joondalup City of division 1 beat Mandurah City’s NPL team on penalties 1-0 after the game finished 3-3 in normal time. Rockingham City of the NPL lost 3-1 away to fellow NPL side ECU Joondalup, Port Kennedy of division 2 lost 9-0 to NPL side Perth Soccer Club, however, speaking to the match referee after the game, he said that Port Kennedy didn’t disgrace themselves in this game and tried to play some good football at times and Rockingham City’s south division 2 side lost 7-0 to NPL side Armadale.
In the under 14’s cup, Mandurah City NPL side lost 4-0 to fellow NPL side Quinns FC, while Rockingham City’s NPL side had a bye to the next round.
The under 15’s cup saw a shock result as Rockingham City’s south division 2 side beat Ellenbrook United from the north division 1 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 1-1. Meanwhile Rockingham City’s NPL side are playing MUM FC in the cup on Wednesday 9th June at Lark Hill, kick off at 6.30pm. Mandurah City’s south division 3 and Warnbro Strikers division 2 sides had byes to the next round.
In the under 16’s cup, Northern City from division 1 beat NPL side Mandurah City 2-1, Rockingham City form the NPL beat division 4 side Port Kennedy 10-0, Canning City from division 1 beat division 2 side Peel United 3-2 while Baldivis from division 5 put up a brave effort to only lose 3-1 to division 1 side Sorrento.