Manjimup Rovers crashed out in the quarterfinals of the Pioneer Plate for the South West Soccer Association with a 4-0 defeat to Australind’s reserve side on Thursday night. The game was hosted at the neutral Blackwood United home ground and while the Rovers started well, the difference in talent became apparent very quickly. The fitness and pace of the Australind outfit meant they were able to cover more ground far quicker than their Manjimup opponents. This pressure forced the Rovers into making silly mistakes and bad passes which the reserves side was more than happy to exploit. The lack of communication from Manjimup Rovers made it easy for Australind to make runs in behind the midfield and defence and goals soon followed. After a great set of passes by Australind’s strikers pulled the Rovers’ defence from one side to the other, some space was opened between the centre backs which the striker drove a shot through and it landed in the back of the net making it 1-0. After this the Rovers’ heads dropped as the pressure did not let up from Australind who doubled the advantage before the half-time break. After the restart, Australind immediately pressed their opponents again who were doing everything to stop the reserves side from running away with the game. Continual passes in behind the Manjimup defence forced goal keeper Craig Emslie into making key saves. Emslie would go on to be man for the match for the Rovers after a good performance. Australind controlled the entire pitch for the full 90 minutes as time and time again the Rovers were put on the back foot by their opponent. Any time the Rovers looked threatening they would make simple mistakes after pressure from Australind and be caught out with the majority of their midfield up the pitch. Although Manjimup tried to shut out their opponents for the whole second period, Australind put away two more goals during the second half to kill off the game and seal the win.