KELMSCOTT ROOS 0 MANDURAH CITY 10
Mandurah City need to beat Gosnells City at Hyundai Stadium on Friday night to set up a mouthwatering Football West Night Series semi-final clash with Western Knights on March 15 after a 10-0 demolition of Kelmscott at Forrresfield on Monday evening.
“We need a win and we’re through” coach Doug Hesketh said.
“And we need everyone in Mandurah to get down to Hyundai Stadium and cheer us on – it’s vital we get through.”
Hesketh was full of praise for his young side, the professionalism they showed and the way they went about their job, playing some of the best football seen this season.
“There is a long way to go – it’s only March, but just come and watch this team. They are starting to put it together,” he added.
On Monday Hesketh couldn’t have asked for more from his side – with several youngsters making first team starting debuts – as City leapt into an early lead in the second minute from midfield general Jordan Rhodes.
It took another 17 minutes before City grabbed a second, but then the floodgates opened against a gallant but outfought Kelmscott side.
New fullback Mark McLaughlin got the second before striker Luke Johnstone scored the first of a brace on the night as City’s free flowing, possession football took control.
Youngster Joe O’Brien – a star in the making at just 17 – scored a super fourth on the half-hour to give the visitors a deserved 4-0 lead at the break.
The pressure never let up as skipper Andy Brown, again dominant and in command at the back, scored the fifth two minutes into the second half.
Johnstone picked up his second of the night, and City’s sixth in the 54th minute before another sweet move saw winger John Brookes grab his first goal for the club.
Brookes was always a danger man out wide and he helped set up Rhodes for his second in the 79th minute.
With Matty Stares strong in the holding midfield role alongside the turbo charged engine of Nathan Chapman, City still had plenty to offer and defender Ollie McGhee scored the ninth of the night seven minutes from time.
Brookes capped off his fine display in the 89th minute with the tenth goal – a record scoreline many will have to search to find better from a Mandurah City side.
“We can’t get carried away but I would have taken a 1-0 win as three points was the objective, Hesketh said.
“To play how we did was very pleasing and I can only compliment the players on their positive attitudes , application and professional approach to the job.”
City need to avoid defeat against a Gosnells side to progress to the semi-finals, and Hesketh says he has a full squad to select from in what is a massive game for the club.
The game kicks-off at 6.30pm at Hyundai Stadium with Rockingham playing Fremantle in the late game at 8.30pm.
Entry to all junior members and families and to all kids is free.
- City are still looking to fill out their under-15s squad for the new season with new junior coaching director Simon Bell eager to ensure the club gets off to a winning start.
- Coaches are also still needed for a few teams as City prepare for the 12015 winter season. Training is given under the club’s FFA approved professional mentoring program and national curriculum plan.
If you fancy a spot in the WA State football under-15s team email junior coordinator Marc Manning – email@example.com,au for information.