Rockingham close to safety after Glory win
Report by Kelechi Osunwa
Rockingham pulled off an important win over Perth Glory to boost their hopes of staying up. Photo by Jonny Warrington
Rockingham City took a huge step towards securing another season in the National Premier Leagues WA with a 2-1 win against Perth Glory at SafeRad Stadium.
Defenders Michael Farmer and Harry Collins gave the home side a 2-0 lead at half-time. And though substitute Liam Murray reduced the deficit after the break, Rockingham hung on.
Farmer grabbed his second in two weeks, scoring from a corner where he muscled his marker off the ball and buried his swivelling effort from close range.
Not to be outdone by his defensive partner, Collins blasted an effort from outside the penalty area that left the delighted the home faithful.
With the match slipping away, Glory brought on Murray and Gomo Dukuley in the second half as they tried to break down a deep lying City defence.
City looked resolute with Mitch Firth and Farmer marshalling the defence but Glory grabbed a lifeline when Murray’s long-range effort took a wicked deflection and looped over Cyril Sharrock in goal.
Glory pushed for an equaliser but Rockingham stood firm and are now one win away for securing safety.
Star player: Victor Brauner (Rockingham City)
Rockingham City 2 (Farmer 16min, Collins 28)
Perth Glory 1 (Murray 75)
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Referee: Shane Skinner
Assistant referees: Harry Bolan, Vetrivel Ravichandar
Rockingham City: 1. Cyril SHARROCK (GK) 3. Justis BRADLEY, 20. Mitch FIRTH, 6. Robbie GALVIN 7. James MILLARD (14. Ryan KENNEDY 85), 9. Sam McKEARNEN, 10. James HARMER, 12. Lydon HODGKISS (13. Jarred MORT 74), 5. Harry COLLINS, 23. Victor BRAUNER (15. Shaz RAMLEE 90), 18. Michael FARMER,
Substitutes not used: 31. L. MORRISON (RGK)
Yellow cards: Michael Farmer 45, Robbie Galvin 70, James Millard 77, James Harmer 87
Red cards: Nil
Perth Glory: GK Nicholas SPECA, 2. Alessandro CICARTI, 3. Trent OSTLER 4. Daniel WALSH, 5. Nicholas WALSH, 6. Luca BODNAR (24. Josh SAMSON 83), 7. Ethan BROOKS, 8. Jack LEECH, 9. Luke SALMON (22. Liam MURRAY 46), 10. Bryce BAFFORD, 11. Gabriel POPOVIC (19. Gomo DUKULY 62)
Substitutes not used: RGK Jacob RANGE, 15. Jordan ABRAHAMS
Yellow cards: Luke Salmon 45, Ethan Brooks 72
Red cards: Nil