Title rivals must settle for a draw

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

The South West Phoenix missed a chance to enter the top four of the Football West State League Division One competition with a 3-3 draw against Rockingham City at Lark Hill on Saturday.

Both teams are still in the hunt for championship glory and last weekend’s match was crucial in shaping the ladder.

Phoenix defender Ryan Stewart looks for an option.
Camera IconPhoenix defender Ryan Stewart looks for an option. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

The Phoenix were down 1-0 early in the game after a mistake in defence that allowed the Rockingham striker to get one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

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The score remained at half-time before the visitors came out firing and levelled early in the second half when James McCleary put one in the back of the net from a shot just outside the box.

Rockingham responded with a goal from a corner kick to take the lead, but again the Phoenix lifted.

The patient Phoenix eventually got another equaliser when Jayden Prosser finished off a good team build-up.

Missed opportunities cost the Phoenix the lead and Rockingham made them pay, again scoring from a corner.

But the Phoenix showed determination, refusing to give up.

Prosser scored his second goal to make sure the visitors shared the points against tough opposition.

With only minutes remaining, the Phoenix had a late opportunity to win the game, but Prosser missed the shot which would have sealed the victory.

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