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The Rock-itt : July 2010
Obviously it's been a full on Football month for everyone, doubly so for Manly United as our league continues to run alongside the World Cup. I finished last month's piece saying that we were just about to play APIA and Rockdale City Suns. As it happened both games had to be postponed due to the deluge the Northern Beaches suffered. We didn't actually get a game at Cromer Park until June 9th, the first after the rains was a home tie against Marconi Stallions in the McDonalds Cup. New Head Trainer Craig Midgley's first steps had been promising. A 2-0 away win at high flying Blacktown City followed by an exhilarating 4-1 home win against Fairfield City Lions in the McDonalds Cup. No 17 Jimmy Oates is off to Central Coast Mariners and Chris Payne (right) has joined North Queensland Fury Unfortunately the wheels came off at home against Marconi, two great goals from Chris Payne were answered by three from Marconi and we bowed out of the Cup. Marconi have gone on to reach the Cup Final where they will play Super League side Spirit FC at Lily Homes Stadium Blacktown on July 11th. Whilst waiting for the World Cup to start we went away to Sydney Olympic on June 13th and were trounced 3-0. We had another game postponed on Saturday 19th against West Sydney Berries (currently the only side below us in the League) due to an 'admin cock-up' in which we were blameless! Manly new boy Scott Balderstone makes his presence felt We did have the respite of a friendly game against Sydney FC in their first hit out in the build up to the new A League season. It was a cold but fine night on June 15th and an unfortunately disappointing crowd enjoyed a full strength Sydney side, including new 'marquee player' Nicky Carle. New signings Scott Jamieson and Liam Reddy made their Sydney debut's. Brendan Gan scored first for Sydney. Robbie Cattenach equalised from the spot for Manly and an own goal from Grade 20 player Damien Lobb scored an own goal to give Sydney the win. It was really disappointing to have only just over 200 paying spectators for what was a game of considerable quality. Phil Moss may bring Central Coast Mariners to Cromer for a friendly in the next few weeks. Check the Manly Daily and let's see if we can do better. The fun of the Sydney game was quickly forgotten with a 2-0 defeat at home to APIA Leichardt the following Tuesday. Compounded by Keith Shevlin missing a penalty at 0- 0 and the sending off of Roberto Hammad shortly after in the 24th minute. Robbie Younis gave APIA the spoils as he scored a penalty in each half to give APIA the win and revenge for us beating them at their place 3-0 earlier in the season. By now the World Cup was under way and we were all shocked at the pasting that Germany had handed out to the Socceroos. It was a weird World Cup for Australia, we definitely didn't get much sympathy from the officials, particularly in the first two games. Unfortunately I do think Pim had a 'mind melt' against Germany. I was hoping he would come out with a new haircut against Ghana, no luck with that, nor with the sending off of Harry Kewell. It was no use Harry pointing to his chest, we all saw it hit his arm, what subsequently happened was unfortunately correct and inevitable. Robbie Cattenach (in red) powers ahead of Sydney's Brendan Gan