Rockingham City 2-2 UWA

ALEX KRETOWICZ WAS BACK AMONGST THE GOALS THIS WEEKEND - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

ALEX KRETOWICZ WAS BACK AMONGST THE GOALS THIS WEEKEND - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

A late equaliser meant UWA again had to settle for a point in the South-West after Conor Devlin and Alex Kretowicz had given uni the lead following a contentious opener from Rockingham City in a 2-2 draw at Lark Hill.

Following a cagey opening that saw very few clear cut chances for either side, Mordecai Junior began to stretch the game with a number of mazy runs and tidy dribbles past City's right full-back. For the majority of the early stages, the ball seemed to gravitate to UWA's left-wing, with Max Welton resolute in defence and launching a series of attacks.

Despite the dominance down the left-hand-side and control in the middle thanks to Conor Devlin and the returning Andrew Xydas, it was the hosts who opened the scoring from the spot. A long ball over the top from City found Oriol Fernandez, but his first touch allowed Josh Marocchi to intervene with a well-timed tackle to get the ball away for a corner, however, he was judged to have fouled according to the linesman and Ryan Kennedy converted.

Michael Janssen's men responded in the best possible fashion to the questionable decision swiftly after the major break courtesy of a Devlin spot-pick. Mordecai was again causing City headaches and after dribbling into the box he was kicked down from behind and awarded a penalty, which Devlin dispatched into the bottom left corner.

UWA were on top with the midfield beginning to dictate the tempo nicely and spread the play out wide with winger Luke Randazzo making an impact.

The visitors deservedly hit the lead with just over 20 minutes remaining with Kretowicz making a return to the scoresheet. The striker placed his finish into the top corner from Mordecai's perfectly weighted cut-back.

TRISTAN TAYLOR LAUNCHES AN ATTACK - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

TRISTAN TAYLOR LAUNCHES AN ATTACK - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Uni looked to kill the game off but were unable to deliver the killer final pass as the City defence stood firm.

Just as it looked like the away side had control of the match, Rockingham leveled with ten minutes remaining after their quickly taken free-kick saw Christian Hogge fire past Ranjeet Singh.

Despite a late rally from UWA, that included a close-range header from substitute Patrick Morrison sail agonisingly over the bar, City's ability to sit back and repel wave after wave of attack saw the spoils shared.

In other results, the reserves also had to settle for a draw in a 1-1 result while the 18's enjoyed a fantastic 2-1 victory.

Uni take on Joondalup City this Saturday in the final round of the 2017 season at The Mac.

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