Round 16, Mindil Aces v Darwin Rovers
Playing 48 hours after their FFA Cup defeat to Sydney didn’t affect Darwin Rovers as they strolled to a 6-1 victory over Mindil in Round 16 of the men’s premier league.
They did start poorly however. The Aces claimed the first goal when the ball found its way to Peter Bannatyne just outside the box. He didn’t hesitate, striking it with venom past Rovers ‘keeper Matthew McGee into the back of the net to hit the lead after 15 minutes.
Rovers found the equaliser when Daniel Smith whipped in a ball from the left that found Samuel Rowley. He directed his header neatly past Mindil ‘keeper George Boeck on 22 minutes.
From that point it was one-way traffic.
Rovers hit the lead when Smith was left unmarked on the left. He fired it into the back of the net from just inside the penalty area.
They had their third in the 41st minute when Simon Bell crossed the ball to an unmarked Smith who helped it in from short distance.
The killer blow would land just before the break. Carl Marshall broke through the centre of the pitch. Boeck came off his line, but Marshall was cool, dribbling around the goalkeeper before hitting home.
Smith had his hat-trick in the 57th minute after he had made a run into the box that the Mindil defence could not handle.
Samuel Rowley finished the match with Mindil’s sixth goal, rubbing salt into the wound 10 minutes out from full-time.
The win pushes Rovers into third for the moment, while Mindil's loss sees them five points outside the top four.
Rovers 6 (Smith 27’ 41’ 57’ Rowley 22’ 80’ Marshall 44’)
Mindil 1 (Bannatyne 15’)