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The Rock-itt : June 2011
Foti at half time missed a shot near the death which you and me tied together could have scored, thankfully we held on for a consecutive win and our first this season away from home. APIA was pretty uncom- promising through the game and we lost Scotty Balderson through injury and Mi- chael Daly finished the game in some dis- comfort after a tough tackle. Manly forward Colin Iley had a great game and it won’t be long before he gets himself on the score sheet. This former Bellingham Symphonia player from the North East of England looks to be a great Craig Midgley find. The United Grade 20 side also managed to put APIA to the sword by the same score, after their 5-0 drubbing of Bonnyrigg at the weekend the reserve squad is starting to get its act together. Two wins on the trot and a trip across to Parramatta in the cold and damp of Wednesday night 18th May for the catch up game from two weeks previously. It took me two hours to drive from Frenchs Forest to Parramatta that evening, you have my sympathies if you have to drive in Sydney’s rush hour traffic regularly, well beyond a joke. My bad night unfortunately didn’t end with the drive, Parramatta Eagles have had a poor start to the season and were bottom of the league at this point, just where Rock- dale were at the beginning of this article! A win here and Manly would go clear fourth. Twelve minutes in and Manly were two goals down. Unfortunately panic set in early and we ran around as if we had bags on our heads. The pitch was awful, no good whatsoever for clever football on the ground but we gave it a shot. The rigours of the APIA game had deprived us of the ser- vices of Foti and Balderson for this game and their absence showed. Lee Seung Soo was substituted before half time as Boss Craig Midgley’s patience ran out with what was happening on the pitch. He put himself on and immediately created a great chance, which just shaved the wrong side of the upright. 2 -0 at half time but Parramat- ta weren’t out of sight. W e got a lifeline 5 minutes into the second half when Colin Iley was hauled down in the penalty area. Robbie Cattenach stepped up for the spot kick but put it wide of the upright and the game began to disappear from our grasp. Parramatta’s crowd were driving me crazy, shouting for a foul every tackle, I took my life in my hands and yelled at them to grow up and stop behaving like the Pakistani cricket team. Much to my surprise I’m still alive. In the end we were heavily defeated 5-1, Joey Gibbs scoring a lovely goal for us at 4-0 which deserved a much better stage. The weekend couldn’t come quick enough, South Coast Wolves at home. There were pre match fitness tests for Adam Foti, Colin Iley and Michael Daly. All three declared themselves fit and the Physio agreed so nearly a full strength side apart from Scotty Balderson. He’ll probably not be back from injury until early June. Justin Hayward re- turned from injury and started the game on the subs bench. From the off Manly were dominant Colin Iley again having a solid game and indeed it was he who put Manly ahead on 27 minutes from the narrowest of angles. Unfortunately Adam Foti had bro- ken down just before we took the lead and was replaced by Justin Hayward. It was Justin on 57 minutes who managed to scramble a loose ball over the line for Manly’s second. Manly were still well on top and indeed they were more dominant over Wolves than Paramatta had been days ear- lier over them in the 5-1 defeat! Ten minutes after going two up defender Grae- me Forbes handled the ball in the area and ex Sydney and Central Coast A League player Sasho Petrovski stepped up to take the penalty kick. Manly keeper Dylan Mitch- ell himself on loan from Sydney FC saved brilliantly then saved again as Petrovski pounced on the loose ball. Things were looking good, the referee had obviously come on the South Coast Wolves bus as time and time again he waved away fouls on the Manly players. Seven minutes to go and the wheels came off. Manly defender Matt Sim inexplicably missed a tackle on Wolves number 8 Andres Gomez and he was off down the wing, crossing into the penalty box where the rest of the Manly defence were caught knapping and Wolves substitute John Martinoski rifled home. Two minutes later and Wolves stole two points from us,. A slip from Jordy Edwards, a cross from Andres Gomez again and Mark Picciolini’s bullet header made it 2-2. There was a solid shout for a penalty after Wolves goalkeeper brought down Justin Hayward but referee Adam W eir was already thinking about his seat near the crate of brown ale at the back of the Wolves bus home and waved claims away. It was an exciting game, we dominated but at this level small mistakes cost you dearly. Our Waratah Cup game at home to Dandeloo from the South Coast should have been the last game to feature in this report but was called off after the downpour on W ednesday morning 25th May. It will have been played on W ednesday June 1st just as this edition will be hitting the streets. We have quite a few home games during June, check the Rock-itt calendar and come and cheer the boys (and girls) on! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter #manlyunited or the web site www.manlyunitedfc.com.au Adam Foti commits the ultimate sin, messing with Baldy’s hair!! Michael Daly get 9 points from the Russian judge for this spectacular dive, he made the Football NSW Team of the Week twice during May Late news; Former Manly United goal- keeper Rhyss Keane has got himself a deal at Melbourne Heart for next sea- son’s A League Comp. Nice one big fella!!