Rovers extend gap at the top as Abrolhos jump into second in Midwest Soccer Association

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
Issac Clark and Maureece Moustafa battle for the ball
Camera IconIssac Clark and Maureece Moustafa battle for the ball Credit: Russell Schneider

Abrolhos have kept the Midwest Soccer Association title race a three-way one as Matthew Greenlees ensured Chapman Athletic endured another point-less weekend.

While Rovers and Olympic have been the main focus, Abrolhos have quietly gone about their season and have now jumped into second courtesy of Olympic’s bye with a 4-1 thumping of Athletic.

Greenlees was the star with another hat-trick to become joint leader with Olympic’s Paul Johnson with nine goals for the season. He has also been in and out of Abrolhos’ reserves side, where he has six goals.

Riccardo Amazzini added a fourth for Abrolhos, while Zeke Forrester scored just Athletic’s third goal of the year in a torrid season during which they have lost seven straight games while coughing up 26 goals.

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Abrolhos is now two points ahead of Olympic and just three behind Rovers, though they have played one more game in what is expected to be tight second-half season fight between the three sides.

It was a one-man show in the Rovers’ clash with La Fiamma as Hamish Fraser scored all four goals for the league leaders in their 4-1 win.

Diara Itevete pulled one back for the Reds but it was all about Fraser who helped Rovers to a third straight win.

In the reserves, Abrolhos moved to the top of the ladder with a 3-1 win over Chapman Athletic, with goals to Callum Papertalk, Daniel Cheasman and Scotty Dewers.

La Fiamma were held to a 2-2 draw by Rovers, with Logan Kirkland and Darrien Gillard cancelling out Allan Biwot’s and Itevete’s efforts.

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