Rockingham rally to reel in Bayswater
Report by Kelechi Osunwa
Photo by Jonny Warrington
Rockingham City produced a rousing second half performance to claim a 2-2 draw against Bayswater City in Saturday’s National Premier Leagues WA fixture at SafeRad Stadium.
The visitors had taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the first half.
Gordon Smith claimed the first when he powered his way through into the penalty area and finished with aplomb.
The second came through Daryl Nicol, who rose highest to nod in Jason Mirco’s far post cross.
Rockingham coach Cam Lord was forced into some half-time changes which seemed to spur his side forward and lift the raucous crowd.
Harry Collins, just 21, solidified Rockingham’s defence while proving an outlet on the break and Ryan Kennedy added extra steel to the Rockingham midfield as Bayswater seemed content with their two-goal lead.
Rockingham clawed a goal back when a mix-up between Adam Harris and keeper Devon Spence left the latter stranded outside the penalty area with Riley Van Dieken pounce.
Rockingham pushed forward for an equaliser, giving Bayswater a couple of half chances to secure the points.
However Smith and Ryan Pearson were unable to cash in and with eight minutes left Rockingham got a deserved equaliser when Jason Pottier found James Harmer, who slotted past Spence to seal a deserved draw for the home team.
Star player: Harry Collins
Rockingham City 2 (Van Dieken 61min, Harmer 83)
Bayswater City 2 (Smith 29, Nicol 42)
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Alfred Saferad Stadium,
Referee: Tom Glavovic
Assistant referees: Harry Bolan, Jamie West
Rockingham City: 1. Cyril SHARROCK, 2. Jason CONSTABLE (5. Harry COLLINS 45), 3. Justis BRADLEY, 15. Shaz RAMLEE (8. Jason POTTIER 77), 7. James MILLARD, 9. Sam McKEARNEN, 10. James HARMER (C), 11. Riley VAN DIEKEN, 12. Lydon HODGKISS, 13. Jarrad MORT, 23. Victor BRAUNER (14. Ryan KENNEDY 45)
Substitutes not used: RGK J. GREHAN
Yellow cards: Sharrock 63, Hodkiss 63, Kennedy 64, McKearnen 86
Red cards: Nil
Bayswater City: 1. Devon SPENCE, 3. Jack ALLEN, 5. Adam HARRIS, 11. Ryan PEARSON, 13. Trent KAY, 17. Daryl NICOL, 19. Gordon SMITH, 20. Giordano COLLI (23. Brian WOODALL 86), 10. Jason MIRCO (21. Kenny KEOGH 69), 27. Ross MILLARD, 30. Adam TONG
Substitutes not used: 9. Gustavo MARULANDA, 25. Nemanja JANKOVIC, 22. Shaydon PASSALCQUA
Yellow cards: Pearson 41’, Keogh 89’
Red cards: Nil