Balcatta go fourth after Rocky win

Report by Sarah Smit

Rockingham's Ryan Kennedy looks to get his side back into the match. Photo by Jonny Warrington

Balcatta moved to fourth in the NPL WA on the back of a deserved 2-0 win at Rockingham City on Saturday.

Bad weather made play difficult for both sides in the first half, with the wind making it a challenge to keep the ball in play.

Balcatta kicked into the the wind in the first half and many of their passes fell short. But Rockingham couldn’t make the most of the assistance from the elements and they nearly fell behind near the break when Balcatta’s Shubham Mokala outstripped the Rockingham defence but missed the shot, much to the relief of the home crowd.  

Though the strong winds persisted through the whole game, the rain died off in the second half.

Balcatta came out raring to go and two goals in as many minutes gave them the points.

Man of the match Alex Castiello opened the scoring on 50 minutes and 60 seconds later he set up Ben Pellizzari for the second.

The result means Rockingham have taken just one point from the last 18 and they remain in 10th place, three points above bottom club Stirling Lions.

Star player: Alex Castiello

Rockingham City 0
Balcatta 2 Alex Castiello 50min, Ben Pellizzari 51
Saturday, June 8
Alfred Saferad Stadium,
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Referee: Julian Serra
Assistant referees: Harry Bolan, Vetrivel Ravichandar
Rockingham City: (GK) 1. Michael FARMER, 3. Justis BRADLEY, 4. Mitch FIRTH  6. Blake SOKOLOWKI, 9. Sam MCKEARN (8. Jason POTTIER 68), 10. James HARMER (c) (16. Luke HOBSON 78), 11. Riley VAN DIEKEN 12. Lydon HODGKISS 13. Jarred MORT, 15. Shaz RAMLEE  23. Victor BRAUNER (14. Ryan KENNEDY 69)
Substitutes not used: 21. James GREHAN
Yellow cards: Firth 68, Mort 73
Red cards: Nil
Balcatta: (GK) 1. Lewis ITALIANO, 2. Joseph MARINO, 4. Calum O'CONNELL (c), 5 Shubham MOKALA (19. Nicholas CHALLOT 64), 7. Ben PELLIZZARI, 10. Jonathan CORNESS, 12. Roberto DEL BARRELLO, 13. Carmelo GIUFFRE, 15. Calum STOCKS (8. Alex WILD 64),  16. Alex CASTIELLO, 11. Adam ZIMARINO (18. Dougal KINDNESS, 71)
Substitutes not used: 20. Anthony TOPINI, (RGK) David KEENAN
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil


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