Forry spot on to beat Rockingham

Forrestfield United have overcame Rockingham City 5-3, on penalties, after the sides fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw in normal time. The visitors hit the front when a good move down the right caught Forrestfield napping and the ball was squared to the back post and Shane Boyle was on hand to score low past Brad Eiffe. But the home side levelled just before the break, Liam Merrigan cut in from the right and fired low past Cyril Sharrock.

After the break it was Rob Crerar’s side that began to dictate terms and their pressure was rewarded with two quick goals. It was 2-1 when a long ball over the top sent Boyle clear and he finished clinically past Eiffe. Rockingham looked in total control when they added a third. Forrestfield gave the ball away in the middle of the park and Boyle made them pay, racing clear and scoring low past the advancing Eiffe to complete his hat-trick.

But Forrestfield were back in the game on 75 minutes, Matt Harold’s cross was fired home by Rhys Loxley. But Rockingham were then reduced to nine men when Alex Grayson was sent off and 10 minutes later Sharrock followed him, both with two yellow cards. But Rockingham defended gallantly and it looked like they had done enough, but late the home side levelled, with second half substitute Jordan Hart heading home.

Forrestfield had a late chance to win it in stoppage time, but in goalmouth scramble Merrigan’s toe-poke went agonizingly wide of the post. So it was off to penalties and Eiffe was the hero saving well to his right, and Hart hit the winning penalty to send them through to the Semi-Finals. “The game was a great spectacle for the neutral supporters,” Forrestfield keeper Brad Eiffe said. “I don’t think we played our best but the whole team showed a fight and desire to get us over the line. Full credit to Rockingham, they were superb on the night and it’s always hard to lose and important game on penalties. I would also like to put a shout out to the Forry Army, who didn’t stop singing and backing he team all night, they were like our 12th man, and we look forward to seeing them again next week in the Semi-finals.”