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The Rock-itt : February 2010
the team went through their warm up. Midfield wiz Brad Groves was also unavailable due to work commitments and defender Keith Shevlin had played a full game for the 20's in order to get match fitness. First choice goalkeeper Brad Swancott wasn't available so Dylan Mitchell had to step up from the 18's to take his place. The team did contain a couple of new faces, defender Luke (Sky)Walker has joined Manly from Weston who play in the Newcastle NBN League and striker Adam Foti who is an ex Northern Spirit junior who has spent time with APIA. For the last 6 years has been playing high level football in Cyprus and Greece. Unfortunately we didn't see much of him in this game; he picked up a ham string injury after six minutes and was replaced by another new, albeit returning player, Dusan Mihaelovic. Without Robbie Cattenach up front under 18's striker Justin Hayward was the go to man. After a physical first half he put Manly deservedly in front 4 minutes before half time. Justin is tall and getting stronger by the game. He has blistering speed and caused Blacktown problems all through the game until he was substituted towards the end. Justin has now been offered a full First Grade playing contract at Manly United for this season and will give opposition defences serious trouble. The second half got even more physical than the first and ex Sydney FC player Adam Biddle was lucky not have reduced Blacktown down to 10 men with a foul mouthed outburst at the assistant referee. Unfortunately Manly midfielder Joel Grenell was not so lucky and got sent off by the ref for a similar misdemeanour. Manly were not to be denied though and Dusan Mihaelovic's superbly weighted cross field free kick to Andrew Mailer resulted in a second goal after Mails converted. A very similar move, this time from Alex Hunt saw Robert Hammad released down the left flank and cross for Mailer to add a third. The home supporters went very quiet and we grinned a lot! There are still some more warm up games to come before the start of the season proper and one of them is an international match! Korean League team Daejeon Citizen FC are over in Australia in the build up to the new K League season and Manly United will play them at Football NSW headquarters across at Valentine Sports Park, Baulkham Hills on Saturday 6th February, KO 7pm.The Daejeon game replaces the scheduled Bankstown game on Feb 7th. We play Away to Sydney Olympic Sunday 14th February kick off 20's 5pm, Firsts 7pm. The first home friendly at Cromer Park is on February 18th against Super League side Northern Tigers. Kick off 7pm. The new season of the NSW Premier League starts for Manly United away to Bankstown on February 28th Grade 20 KO 4pm, Firsts 6pm. First home game will be against Blacktown City Demons on March 7th. KO Grade 20's 1pm, Firsts 3pm. Follow Manly United on Twitter @ manlyunited (no gap) Any comments about this article to firstname.lastname@example.org New Striker Adam Foti just about to get 'ice packed' after an early injury at Blacktown Our very impressive striker Justin Hayward, crikey he's quick! Daejon Citizen's Brazilian midfielder Valber (in red), let's see if he can catch Justin Hayward!