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The Rock-itt : August 2010
It's been a poor season at Manly United, particularly for the first grade team. The worst season in fact for five years, we nearly got relegated!! Heartening then that at the end of this poor season here is the best review so far of what's been going on at Cromer Park since the last issue of The Rock-itt. New Head Trainer, Craig Midgley has been finding his feet, bringing a couple of new players in and saying an early farewell to a couple heading for the A League and beyond. At the end of June I got my train spotting books out and took the iron road to Wollongong. This season Wollongong Wolves are called South Coast Wolves, it does seem to change every year. The good news was that they were back playing at WIN Stadium which is a great ground to play at, big and right beside the ocean. It obviously suited us because we trounced the Wolves 5-2 on a lovely sunny day. We went down 1-0 after a lapse of concentration by Beau Busch but by the time the announcer had named their goal scorer, Adam Foti had dinked a short pass through to Scotty Balderson and we had equalized! Just before half time Foti was hauled down by a Wolves defender and the ref had no dinked a short pass through to Scotty Balderson and we had equalized! Just before half time Foti was hauled down by a Wolves defender and the ref had no hesitation in reducing the Wolves to 10 men. Early in the second half Foti put Manly ahead only for Wolves to mimic the first half scoring by getting on terms almost immediately. Manly's lead was restored by a sensational 'Bend it Like Beckham' free kick from Luke Casserly. There wasn't a better goal scored at the World Cup! Robbie Cattenach came on as sub for Adam Foti and some lovely interplay down the left with Scotty Balderson finding Joey Gibbs who did a lovely keepy uppy trick before off loading to Cattenach who duly dented the back of the net for number four. Towards the death Andrew Mailer volleyed the fifth home and our day in the Gong was complete. Worth noting that whilst the Wolves have struggled this season a couple of weeks later they belted Sydney Olympic 4-0 to put a smile on the faces of the Win Stadium faithful. After the joy of the weekend win we had a home catch up game against Rockdale City Suns the following Wednesday. That game finished 0-0 and to be absolutely honest with you a couple of weeks on I can't remember a single thing about it!! Rockdale have been the draw specialist in the League this season with 50% of their games ending in draws. Not great to watch, unlike our boys who whilst having a troublesome season have still managed to be exciting and ambitious in their toils. The first game in July was against league leaders Bonnyrigg White Eagles. Earlier in the season we went to their eyrie (Eagles, geddit??) and got a very creditable draw. Wasn't to be our day at home though, we were missing three key players and they beat us 3-0, a score which did flatter them a little bit. Their first goal was an own goal scored unwittingly off Manly defender Pascal Julliard's back. They are almost certainly going to end up Minor champions. We then had another catch up game whilst the rest of the league had a week off for the McDonalds Cup Final. Incidentally the Cup was won by Marconi Stallions who defeated local boys Spirit FC but only on penalties after extra time. Our catch up game was against bottom club West Sydney Berries who, had they won would have gone above us. Thankfully they didn't and another wonder free kick, this time from Joey Schirrippa just before half time was enough to give Manly victory and the precious points. The tale of our season was repeated in the second half of this game with heaps of chances shared amongst the strikers with no end result. This win almost guaranteed that we wouldn't be relegated. Jimmy Oates floats above the ground at home against West Sydney Berries. He's off to the Mariners for 2010/11. A week later and we got revenge for Spirit FC in our game at Marconi. We also confirmed that our season wouldn't end in relegation with a well deserved 2-0 win at 'Italy in West Sydney.' Marconi had a goal disallowed for off side in the first half, a correct decision confirmed after watching a video replay. Goals from substitute Robbie Cattenach with more or less his first kick of the game and a late strike from former Queensland Roar striker David Dodd after an exquisite through ball from Luke Casserly Keith Shevlin toiling hard at home to Bonnyrigg White Eagles David Dodd, one of the new guys Head trainer Craig Midgley has brought in, ex Queensland Roar