A goal of the season from midfielder Jordan Rhodes helped Mandurah City back to winning ways in their 6-4 FFA Cup round five win over Joondalup City at Hyundai Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Rhodes’ sublime shot-cum-chip from close to 40 metres sailed over the visiting to send the City faithful home happy after a game that saw them forced to come from behind to win.
Luke Johnstone had opened the scoring after 10 minute, latching on to a lose ball but Joondalup were well set up and took the game to City, going to 2-1 in front before Craig Young equalised five minutes before the break.
A referee howler gave a penalty that never was to the visitors and a 3-2 lead at the interval.
Coach Doug Hesketh said he made some tactical changes at the break and “it worked”, he said.
We won the second half 4-1 and it showed how we can adapt when we need to.
City came out of the blocks fired up for the second period and scored two quick goals, a penalty from Rhodes and a smart finish from Abu Tcuono after some clever build-up play from Joe O’Brien.
Then a crazy long backpass wasn’t cleared and Joondalup were back in it.
But Rhodes had the last laugh, adding his second from the penalty spot before the goal of the season with five minutes left to seal the tie.
Collecting the ball on the arc of the centre circle he looked up, saw the keeper off his line and let fly.
“He won’t score a better goal this season, enthused Hesketh.
The coach praised the visitors after the game, saying they were a tough team to break down.
“Well played to them, they got in our faces and made a game of it,” he said.
City’s reserves won their State Cup game against Kingsway Olympic 2-0, thanks to an own goal and a strike from Ellison Judge.