Cities player Sam Burtt, makes a nice pass in the Cities-Rovers game.
Cities player Sam Burtt, makes a nice pass in the Cities-Rovers game. Scottie Simmonds

Depleted Rovers dominate in upset

AN under-staffed Rovers’ outfit missing its two key strikers triumphed over Cities 4-3.

Rovers played the game without substitutes and the services of strikers Braydon Grahame and Haydn Lancaster who have been sidelined with injury.

Coach Niki Russel said there were a few sore legs in the Rovers’ camp after the tense Hinkler Park encounter.

“It was hard work, but we got there in the end,” she said.

It was always going to be tough, but they dug deep and they came away with the win.

A dominant performance from Rovers’ captain Josh Crow helped the team fight back from a 2-1 deficit at half-time.

A vocal Crow took control of the field with precision and pace and claimed two goals.

Midfielder Colby Zahn stepped up in the absence of strikers Grahame and Lancaster creating strong attacking options for the team and scoring two goals of his own.

Grahame and Lancaster are expected to return to the Rovers’ fold before semi-finals get underway next month.

“We’ve proven we can play without them, but we’re looking forward to having them back,” Russell said.

“I think we’ll have a pretty strong unit when finals roll around.”



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