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Five-star Rockingham into last eight

Report by Sarah Smit

Rockingham City came from behind to chalk up a resounding 5-1 win over Division Two Curtin University at SafeRad Stadium on Saturday to reach the preliminary quarter finals of the FFA Cup.

Curtin, who set out to be defensively solid, shocked the home side when they took the lead just 20 minutes in through Malek Domkoc.

Despite the setback, Rockingham kept their shape although they were unable to get back on terms in the first half. However, their superior fitness told throughout the second period and once the NPL WA side did level through James Harmer, they didn’t look back.

FFA CUP ROUND FIVE RESULTS

Substitute Mitch Firth made it 2-1not long after coming on but Curtin to their credit stayed in the game until very late on, when a rash of goals gave the final score a one-sided look.

James Pottier added the third to finally break Curtin’s resistance before man of the match Harmer claimed his second and Harvey Hancock rounded off a comfortable win.

Star player: James Harmer (Rockingham City)

Rockingham City 5 (Harmer 50min, Firth 69′, Pottier 88′, Harmer 89′, Hancock 90+3′)
Curtin University 1 (Domkoc 21′)

Saturday, May 18
SafeRad Stadium
Kick-off:
 3pm
Referee: Julian Serra
Assistant referees: Jatin Lodhia, Walter Ciotti

Rockingham City: 1. Cyril SHARROK, 3. Justis BRADLEY, 5. Harry COLLINS, 7. James MILLARD, 8. James POTTIER, 9. Sam MCKEARN (4. Mitch FIRTH 66′), 10. James HARMER (c), 13. Jarred MORT, 14. Ryan KENNEDY (16. H. HANCOCK 80′), 15. Sam RAMLEE, 18. Michael FARMER (6. Blake SOKOLOWSKI 68′)
Substitute not used:  RGK J. GREHAN
Yellow cards: Kennedy 28′
Red cards: Nil

Curtin University: 1.Skye Doyle, 25. Jeffery LEDWITH, 38. Mark Donnelly, 28. O. ADENIYI, 27. Kye MIDDLETON (18. Santiago TORO 68′), 22. Chris Sutton, 24. Antony Russo, 26. Dilip  MASRANGI, 20. Daniel YOUNG (17. Oscar BILLINGTON 57′), 19. Daniel TODD (29. Avinash SUDHAKARAN 80′), 31. Malek DOMKOC
Substitutes not used: 12. Louis GUNNING, 30. Jaxon ILLMAN
Yellow cards: Young 38′, Ledwith 62′
Red cards: Nil