The weekend got off to an almighty bang on Friday night as the State League season kicked off it didn’t take long for the goals to start flying in for the season.
It only took 5 minutes for Joe O’Brien to start the scoring off for Mandurah City and only 3 more for his second of the game. Opponents, Gosnells City were really no match for their host and when Adams scored an own goal to make it 3-0, the home supporters were thinking that there could be a lot more goals to come. They were not wrong as Hamish Van Dieken made it 4-0 at half time. The second half started slowly and not much really happened until the last 10 minutes. Mandurah were awarded a penalty, which O’Brien scored from to get his hat-trick (while his mum couldn’t bare to watch!) and then in the last few moments of the game, O’Brien got his 4th, John Baird opened his account for the season before the icing on the cake with yet another goal of the season contender from Murray MacKintosh made the final score of 8-0 to the Dolphins.
Saturday morning started at a similar pace to Friday night as both Mandurah and Rockingham City were in under 18’s action. Both games had 5 goals in them, with Rockingham going down 5-0 away at Forrestfield while a 90th minute winner from substitute Robinson gave Mandurah a 3-2 win.
More goals in the reserves division. Mandurah equalled the first teams scoring efforts with an 8-1 win over Gosnells, while Rockingham again shared a game of 5 goals and again, going down 3-2 at Forrestfield.
In the first team game on Saturday, Rockingham let slip a 2 goal lead to draw 2-2 with Forrestfield. Ollie McGee opened to scoring with a header on the hour mark and soon after, J Leader made it two. However, goals from Nazary and Appleby got the host side level and that’s how it remained.
Also on Saturday, the Amateur night series group stages came to a conclusion and it was Port Kennedy who progressed to the semi final stage after a 1- draw with Peel United. Port Kennedy went in to a 1-0 lead and Peel’s equalising goal came from a 90th minute penalty. The draw was enough for Port Kennedy to play in next weekends semi-final.
The only game of note on Sunday was the semi final of the Women’s Night Series and unfortunately, it was not going to be Port Kennedy’s night as host side UWA Nedlands showed why they are one of the best and established sides around by winning 4-0 and progressing to next weeks final against the Hyundai NTC.