Canning V Rockingham River-to-Sea Shield
22nd April 2017
Pete Lord was taking the reins for Canning City for the first time after Paul McCue’s exit the previous week. The game saw the re-introduction of the ‘River-to-Sea’ Shield that had not been competed for, for a number of seasons due to the teams spending time in different divisions.
The first half started off with both teams attacking in a frantic opening. Canning seemed the most likely to convert after creating the better of the opportunities. On the half hour mark, Canning made the breakthrough with Mark Trevisiol calmly finding the bottom corner of the goal to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Canning City kept the pressure on, consistently finding space in behind the Rockingham defence but failed to make their pressure count. Against the run of play, Rockingham equalized. Jason Pottier pounced on a mistake from the Canning defence and rounded Canning Goalkeeper Luke Stonebridge before slotting in to an empty net. In what was turning into a spiteful contest the referee brandishes numerous yellow cards just before he blew for half time.
Half Time: Canning City 1-1 Rockingham City
As the second half gets underway Rockingham start off the better side and it shows as they once again burst through the Canning defence to put themselves up 2-1 thanks to a neat finish from Jamer Harmer. Canning respond well with a flurry of attacks to which they have no luck. The home side win numerous corners but can’t find the back of the Rockingham net due to some tight defending and outstanding goalkeeping. Rockingham weathered the storm and put themselves further in front just before the hour. Ethan Levitt’s stops the attack but in doing so gives away a clear penalty and receives a yellow card for his troubles. Harmer steps up to take the penalty and sends Stonebridge the wrong way to make it 3-1 to the visiting side. 5 minutes after the goal, Canning find themselves down to 10 men as Joshua Wade is bizarrely given his second yellow card in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity. It was a decision that would effectively end any chance of a Canning come back and Rockingham sealed the result with 10 minutes remaining. Pottier again at the heart of all things good for Rockingham and he curled a strike from the edge of the box in to the far corner to cap off a great day for himself and Rockingham City
Full Time: Canning City 1-4 Rockingham City.