Rockingham continue winning start
Football West News
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NPL newcomers Rockingham City made it two out of two in the Night Series after defeating league champions Perth SC 2-0 at E&D Litis Stadium on Sunday night.
James Harmer scored twice in the second half for Cam Lord’s side, including a penalty, leaving the Azzurri to rue a missed penalty of their own in the first half.
Rockingham’s next Pool 1 match is against Inglewood United at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium next Sunday while Perth SC face Sorrento at E&D Litis Stadium on Friday.
The other two matches in Pool 1 took place last Friday at Percy Doyle Reserve and both finished 1-1.
The first game was between Inglewood and Stirling Lions. David Molinari gave Stirling the lead on 31 minutes but the Keegan Ashley’s team were pegged back through Chock Dau’s penalty on 65.
That match was followed by Sorrento v ECU Joondalup and again it finished all square. Joe Knowles scored his second in two weeks for the Jacks on 10 minutes, only for Gulls skipper Reece Vittiglia to earn a point for the home side.
In Pool 2 Floreat Athena came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Balcatta at E&D Litis Stadium on Sunday.
A quickfire Calum O’Connell double had the visitors in a strong position after 24 minutes but Ludovic Boi and Jon Stynes dragged Floreat level before half-time and that is how it stayed.
On Friday night Bayswater City hosted their first Night Series matches, following the installation of new floodlights at Frank Drago Reserve.
Bayswater, who were thrashed 5-0 by Floreat in Week One, gave debuts to former ECU duo Daryl Nicol and Gordon Smith and the Scottish pair were both on target in City’s 4-2 victory over Perth Glory.
The impressive Luke Salmon gave Glory the lead against his former club before Nicol fired low across keeper Nicolas Specca and into the far corner to equalise.
Paul Lloyd got on the end of a long throw just before half-time to make it 2-1 to Bayswater but Glory levelled straight after the interval through Gomo Dukuly’s penalty, which was awarded after the speedy forward had been clipped.
An own goal from Nicholas Walsh and Smith’s strong run and finish ensured the win went to Bayswater who held a minute silence before kick-off for Pietro Colli, a life member and father of club Director of Football Operations Ori Colli.
The second match at Frank Drago was a one-way affair with Cockburn City belting Armadale 5-0.
Harry O’Brien and Daniel Robinson scored two apiece for the Cockerels, with Adam Anfuso scoring the fifth.
Inglewood United 1-1 Stirling Lions
Sorrento 1-1 ECU Joondalup
Rockingham City 2-0 Perth SC
Bayswater City 4-2 Perth Glory
Cockburn City 5-0 Armadale
Floreat Athena 2-2 Balcatta
Week 3 fixtures
Saturday, February 9
Perth SC v Sorrento (E&D Litis Stadium 5pm)
Stirling Lions v ECU Joondalup (Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, 5pm)
Inglewood United v Rockingham City (Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, 7pm)
Cockburn City v Bayswater City (Dalmatinac Park, 5pm)
Armadale v Balcatta (Dalmatinac Park, 7pm)
Floreat Athena v Perth Glory (E&D Litis Stadium 7pm)