First half sets up big Rovers win

Jeremy ConnorManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Manjimup Rovers men’s soccer side celebrated a crushing 7-1 victory at home over Busselton on Sunday.

Rovers looked in good form and maintained control of possession for most of the game.

The first goal on the board came off the head of Troy Reid, whose positioning and determination converted from a corner from Ruslan Tokalenko.

Rovers enjoyed a strong first half to lead by 5-0 at the break.

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Coming out of half-time, Rovers appeared to have relaxed into their lead, while Busselton came out determined to get on the scoreboard.

Rovers maintained their control of the game, but the goals were no longer coming thick and fast.

A tackle from behind from a defender resulted in a penalty being awarded, an opportunity Busselton did not waste, putting them on the scoreboard and giving them heart.

The goal gave the Rovers the motivation they needed and they started working harder again, which resulted in another two goals.

Jacob Tennent scored four goals for the game, the best of which was a lovely piece of patient play where he cut inside at the top of the box and kicked a perfect dipping shot, which went just under the cross bar to defeat the keeper.

Hicham Hlial also had a great game with two goals, one an amazing volley into the back of the net from the top of the box before the ball had even struck the ground.

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