SWSA: Manjimup Rovers loses to Geographe Bay in close game on Sunday

Lance Vivian and Daniel HockingManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Manjimup Rovers' Yoshitomo Tsubota and Stephen Burch go head-to-head against Geographe Bay's Joshua Nicolas.
Camera IconManjimup Rovers' Yoshitomo Tsubota and Stephen Burch go head-to-head against Geographe Bay's Joshua Nicolas. Credit: Melissa Pedelty

On a sunny Sunday, the Manjimup Rovers men’s team played at home to Geographe, losing 4-3.

The Rovers lined up with 10 players, but set a formation to take the game on against Geographe at Manjimup Pitch.

Not long into the game, the Rovers got off to a great start, when the rebound off a corner went out wide to Lance Vivian, who put the cross back into the box – rebounding off a Geographe defender in the path of Sam Kerry, who tapped it in.

In this free flowing game, Geographe were able to get the goal back from quick transition and finished well when the striker gained possession from the left, cut in just inside the box, and hit it in the bottom right corner.

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Geographe hit the lead when a perfect diagonal cross found their player in the box, who was able to control it and put it home.

Rovers kept battling on and just before the half time break were able to draw level when some nice passing between Dylan Murray and Tom Anstey, and ending up with Sam Kerry – who had time and space to hit home a shot from outside the box on the angle.

The first 20 minutes of the second half proved to be more of an arm wrestle, though both teams would rue missed genuine chances.

Geographe broke the deadlock with some luck when their long throw in was headed on, which went over everyone in the box, and into the back top corner of the net.

Rovers had their own luck when they were adjudged to receive a penalty spot kick from a foul in the box, which Tom Anstey put away to set up a tense final 15 minutes.

Unfortunately, it would be Geographe that would have the final say, when a cut ball into the box pinballed a bit and ended up with their striker, who was able to force it forward through the box and tap it in.

Next week the men’s team will be away to Hay Park, while the ladies’ team will be at home to Australind.

Meanwhile, the Dynamos were demolished by Eaton-Dardanup 9-1 at Forrest Park, while Hay Park defeated Harvey 3-2.

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