Match Report – RCFC 1-2 FUSC

Forrestfield United have beaten All Flags State League Division One leaders Rockingham City 2-1 in Week 7 of the competition at the Lark Hill Sportsplex. The home side did take the lead on the half hour. Forrestfield had a free kick on the edge of the Rockingham penalty area, but they blocked it and broke on a quick counter attack, and Jason Pottier raced clear and finished clinically past Luke Martino. Forrestfield hit back on 53 minutes, Jordan Hart was brought down in the box by Reece Frank and Sani Sinclair made no mistake from the resulting penalty. Forrestfield looked for the winner, but Ben Rogers’ shot from the edge of the box crashed off the post. But on 72 minutes their pressure was rewarded with the lead. Matt Harold ball sent Hart down the right; he outpaced his marker and cut the ball back from the bye-line and Rogers finished clinically. Rockingham hit back, and should have levelled when Oriel Fernandez went clear, but Martino stood tall to save. Moments later Martino came to his sides rescue again, this time denying Blake Sokolowski.

It was end to end football and a great advert for State League football, and Hart almost added a third for Forrestfield late, he rose highest to meet Harold’s cross but the crossbar came to Rockingham’s rescue. Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said it was a typical battle against a good opponent. “A great game as expected and deserving of the big crowd at Lark Hill,” he said. “With us not having the best of starts to the season we knew we had to get all three points in order to keep in touch with the front runners. They (Rockingham) were in excellent form, but the boys were well prepared, focused and enjoyed the challenge against an excellent opponent. The game was played with a great intensity, in high spirit and in the balance till the very last minute. All the Coaching staff could not be more pleased with the way our team dealt with the added pressure. It was another great performance between two ambitious clubs, and we could not be more pleased.”