Heavy loss for Rovers

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Manjimup Rover's Christo Thomas takes the ball out defence.
Camera IconManjimup Rover's Christo Thomas takes the ball out defence. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Manjimup Rovers hosted an in-form Geographe Bay Soccer Club at Collier Park on Sunday, losing 5-1 after a late flurry of goals.

Rover's Christo Thomas tackles Geographe Bay's Ben Polkinghorner
Camera IconRover's Christo Thomas tackles Geographe Bay's Ben Polkinghorner Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The game started well for Rovers, with a lot of positive play, good movement and communication.

Geographe's Ben Polkinghorne shoots directly at Rover's keeper Craig Emslie.
Camera IconGeographe's Ben Polkinghorne shoots directly at Rover's keeper Craig Emslie. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Both teams were well composed and created chances.

Geographe used their formation and runs into space well to create the first goal of the match.

Rover's defender Stephen Burch clears the ball.
Camera IconRover's defender Stephen Burch clears the ball. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

It came from a nice ball up the wing, which the Geographe winger collected in space before crossing to a teammate to tap in.

Rover's Jesse Callaghan is challenged by Geographe's keeper Josh Manning.
Camera IconRover's Jesse Callaghan is challenged by Geographe's keeper Josh Manning. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Geographe quickly doubled the lead with a second goal, after a clearance from a corner was intercepted and a ball back into the box found an unmarked forward waiting in front of goal who duly converted for his team’s second goal.

Both teams contest a corner kick.
Camera IconBoth teams contest a corner kick. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Sam Kerry made an important intervention minutes later to keep Rovers in the game when Rovers keeper Craig Emslie failed to get a touch on a shot after coming off his line.

Rover's Jamie Mair gathers the ball in midfield.
Camera IconRover's Jamie Mair gathers the ball in midfield. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Thankfully for Rovers, Kerry was in position to clear the danger.

Rover's Craig Emslie prepares to block a shot.
Camera IconRover's Craig Emslie prepares to block a shot. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Despite going behind Rovers were creating opportunities and they went close after Jesse Callaghan latched on to a through ball, only to shoot just wide.

Rover's Jamie Mair challenges for the ball.
Camera IconRover's Jamie Mair challenges for the ball. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Rover’s Jason Giadresco opened the second-half scoring after Geographe keeper Josh Manning spilled a save. The keeper saved Callaghan’s follow-up with his left foot but the ball fell kindly to Giadresco who put the chance away.

Rover's Jesse Callaghan fouls his Geographe opponent.
Camera IconRover's Jesse Callaghan fouls his Geographe opponent. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Rovers had the chance to level after being awarded a penalty when Callaghan was tugged by a Geographe defender.

Jamie Mair prepares to take a penalty kick.
Camera IconJamie Mair prepares to take a penalty kick. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

But Jamie Mair’s penalty hit the crossbar and from the rebound Geographe countered and put the game to bed, scoring its third goal after a cutback pass found a striker unmarked in the box.

Geographe keeper Josh Manning dives to try and save a penalty.
Camera IconGeographe keeper Josh Manning dives to try and save a penalty. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Geographe’s fourth goal came after some fantastic skill. The Geographe player controlled a rebound well and found himself with the time to place the ball beneath the crossbar.

Rover's Jeremy Connor challenges Geographe's Jamie King for the ball.
Camera IconRover's Jeremy Connor challenges Geographe's Jamie King for the ball. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

With seconds left on the clock it was Rovers’ turn to concede a penalty.

This time it was comfortably converted by Geographe for its fifth goal.

Next week Rovers travel to Bunbury to play Bunbury United.

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