Rovers down Alstonville
RICHMOND Rovers opened the defence of their Football FNC Tursa Anzac Cup title with a stark reminder of their resilience, downing Alstonville 3-1 at Crawford Park on Monday night.
Rovers led 1-0 at half-time after a well-taken goal from Josh Wright, but they were outplayed for large parts of the second half by a disciplined and attacking Villa outfit.
Alstonville equalised soon after the break when Rick Hanna drilled home a Shaun Spencer cross from close range and they went on to create several chances, but couldn’t find a second goal.
Villa were punished for their profligacy when Rovers turned on two goals in five minutes; Scott Crouch scoring after a solo burst out of midfield, before player-coach Tim Sheridan came on as a sub to drill a low shot from the edge of the box and wrap up their first win.
While Rovers’ line-up will take time to settle into its rhythm, their ability to win when not at their best is an ominous sign for the rest of the premier league.