Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)
An 89th minute goal to Scott Sargent has seen Rochedale Rovers take a 2-1 victory against Redlands in their Group B match on Wednesday night.
Graham Fyfe launched a long-range bomb inside the first five minutes that was taken by Rovers keeper Harry McDonald.
McDonald would be tested once more with Nico Bechar forcing a save to be tipped over the bar.
Rochedale created the next two chances with Seiji Shizuno going across the face then Paul Mooney sending a long-range speculator over the top right corner.
On the half hour, Lewis Cameron broke the deadlock from close range for Rochedale.
Bechar is normally one to be scoring goals rather than providing assists but his perfectly timed pass for Lee was superb as too was Michael Lee’s finish through the Rochedale defensive pack and inside the near post.
Fyfe had one last chance on the stroke of halftime to gain the lead for his side when he curled a free kick towards the top right corner forcing a top shelf save from McDonald.
Shoheel Khan made a promising run into the box, narrowly skying an effort over the crossbar.
Two more chances presented for Rochedale though with Nick Wilson getting in behind the defence but unable to compose himself when presented a one-on-one chance against Brendon White. Scott MacNicol then sent a sharp free kick into the six-yard box from an acute angle but White was on-hand first.
Igor Sao Jose should have turned a square ball home with ten to play, instead the ball slide harmlessly in front of him.
Sao Jose then sent another golden chance over the bar moments later.
Just when the match looked like it would head off to penalties, Jose Rodriguez put a cross in from the left that Michael Baird left for an unmarked Sargent steaming through towards the backpost to score with a sliding finish.
The result leaves the two BPL clubs, Rochedale and Holland Park leading the group going into next week’s final matchday.
Rochedale 2 (Lewis Cameron 30’, Scott Sargent 89’) v Redlands 1 (Michael Lee 41’)
Rochedale: Harry McDonald (GK), Phil Davies, Luke Howell, Paul Mooney, Brad Scott, Scot MacNicol, Scott Sargent, Daryll Grant, Seiji Shizuno, Nick Wilson, Greg Cheshire, Michael Baird, Ryan Faichnie, Jarryd Gore, Lewis Cameron, Jose Rodriguez.
Redlands: Brendon White (GK), Kai Halliday, Michael Lee, Russell Woodruffe, Graham Fyfe, Adam Chandler, Nick Danicic, Igor Sao Jose, Shoheel Khan, Greg Warden, Paul O’Brien, Stephen Green, Scott Dykman, Doyle Bissett, Matt Lugo (GK).