Four Become Two and How Did The Dolphins Not Win?

There was a mixed bag of results for our sides this weekend, who were playing in their respective cup tournaments.

The action started on Saturday morning when the State League Under 18’s cup kicked off as Mandurah City travelled to Joondalup United but by full time, were knock to of this years competition. Although scoreless at half time, Joondalup scored twice in 10 second half minutes through Pulitano and Lancaster and despite an goal in the 89th minute by Rory MacKenzie, Mandurah could not get that second goal to take the game to penalties.

Things didn’t get better for Mandurah’s reserves, who also played Joondalup United. The home side raced into a 3-0 lead by half time and although Jordan Callaghan got a goal back early in the second half, the home side scored twice again to make the final score 5-1.

Things got better for Mandurah in the Australia Cup as two late second half goals from Lydon Hodgkiss and Craig Barker meant they were in the hat for the draw for the next round.

Joining Mandurah in the next round are Rockingham CIty, who had to overcome an early scare in their game with Amateur side Noranda City. The visitors went 1 up with a goal from Marc Eldridge, but this just kicked Rockingham into gear and were 3-1 by half time with goals from Robert Duckmanton (2) and Jayden Leader. Leader went on to get his hat-trick by scoring two more in the second half, while Ryan Kennedy also got on the score sheet to make the final score 6-1 to Rockingham.

In the evening game, Peel United looked like they may have had a chance of a cup upset as they travelled to State League Division 2 side Curtin university, however, with players unavailable, it was a very inexperienced side who played and this showed in the 7-0 win for the home side.

Sunday’s action saw the remaining Australia Cup game featuring our local sides when Port Kennedy made the long trip to Busselton City. The game was played on a very narrow and short pitch and it was the home side who got the only goal on the half hour mark through Lewis McConnon. Despite Port Kennedy’s efforts, they just could not get the equalising goal to take the game further.

On Sunday night, we were at the Women’s League Night Series Game between Mandurah City and Gosnells City. In a game that Mandurah had to win and hope other results went their way, they completely dominated the possession and somehow still managed to lose 1-0, with Gosnells scoring from their only attack of the game. Mandurah must of known that it just wasn’t to be when in the 85th minute a shot came in, hit the left post, rolled along the goal line, hit the right post and was then cleared to safety.

This result meant that Port Kennedy had already qualified for the semi finals stage and they took to the field against Armadale knowing this. There was no sign of complacency as Port Kennedy came away with an easy 5-0 victory. The draw for the semi final is in the next couple of days but we do know that the semi final will be played at the home of UWA Nedlands.

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