Genius late goal seals win for Queenstown Rovers


Queenstown Rovers’ ace playmaker Carlos Herrmann scored a sensational curling free kick in the 90th minute to take all three points against Dunedin’s Roslyn-Wakari last Saturday. 

Rovers had taken the lead on 11 minutes at the Queenstown Events Centre, in the FootballSouth Premier League clash, when  Daniel McClafferty tapped in after a sweeping move down the left and a driving low cross across to the back post. 

Rovers were pegged back by a Roslyn equaliser before half-time in a scrappy game, before Herrmann produced a moment of quality, finding the top left corner from about 25 metres out in the last minute to nail the game 2-1. 

Coach Jamie Whitmarsh says: “It was a very, very ordinary performance from us with just a little bit of genius at the end from Carlos.” 

Rovers jump from seventh to fifth, one place above Roslyn, and face bottom-of-the-table Green Island away in Dunedin this Saturday, 2.45pm. 

With three games left, the team has a chance to finish third on the table if it keeps on winning. 

Meanwhile, the Rovers women’s side plays its final Southland league game of the season against Southend, of Invercargill, at the Events Centre this Sunday, at 1pm. 

With Southend first on the table, and the Rovers just behind, the game’s likely to decide the winner of the league. 

The Queenstown side beat Queens Park in Invercargill last Sunday, 4-0. 

The Rovers led 3-0 at halftime following goals from Mamen Romero and two from Jess Struthers, who was playing only her second game of the season. 

Suz McKenzie added a goal in the second half.