United hit back to reach Night Series Final

Forrestfield United have moved into the State League Night Series Final after a come-from-behind 3-2 win against Shamrock Rovers on Saturday night. The home side had a disastrous start, with Paul Concannon intercepting a wayward back pass and finished low past Brad Eiffe. Forrestfield started to lift but against the run of play Shamrock doubled their advantage. Paddy Montgomery releasing Mwansa Musonda, who raced clear of his marker and finished low past Eiffe.

Rovers were cruising at half time but the home side hit back early in the second half. Central defender Mark Barnett rose highest to head home a corner to reduce the margin. The sides were level with fifteen minutes remaining, Ben Rogers found space on the edge of the penalty area and superbly curled home his shot. It was game on and roared on by the big home support Forrestfield scored the winner late. Former Future Glory striker Rogers picked the ball up in the middle of the park and strode forward and hit an unstoppable shot that cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and over the line, to set off wild celebrations in the crowd.

Shamrock pressed late looking for the equaliser, but Forrestfield hung on to set up a Grand Final next week against Joondalup United. “It was literally a game of two halves, we weren’t at the races at all in the first half, but we showed Great Spirit to turn things around in the second half,” Forrestfield midfielder Rhys Loxley said. “We keep pressing and a few moments of individual brilliance by Ben (Rogers) proved the difference in the end.”