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The Rock-itt : August 2011
“The season continues to be, well.....interesting!” So started last month’s review of happenings with Manly United at Cromer Park. It has continued to be exactly that, thankfully with quite a large helping of success. In the NSW Premier League since the last edition we have played four games and added seven points to our total from a possible twelve. During that period we did have a couple of outstanding results. At the end of June we had a visit from Marconi Stallions who we held to a 2-2 draw in their paddock at the start of the season. This time we went one better! It didn’t look too good after six minutes though when former Manly player Josh Sama edged Marconi ahead from a free kick. The game became one of our finest performances of the season and 10 minutes before half time Michael Daly got on the end of a Scott Balderson corner and we were level. Sama had a chance to give Marconi the lead just after half time but with only Dylan Mitchell to beat his shot went out off the outside of the upright. Shortly after Head Coach Craig Midgley brought on the attacking duo of Robbie Cattenach and Justin Hayward and Manly turned it up to “11”! Another former player Andrew Mailer had a good game for Marconi but eventually our relentless pressure paid off when 9 minutes from the end a clinical counter attack by Robbie Cattanach resulted in a glorious through ball to Justin Hayward, whose pace took him past two defenders as he drilled the ball past Chronopoulis in the Stallions goal to put Manly ahead. W e did have to wait until almost the final whis- tle for Scott Balderson to seal the game for Manly 3-1. Goalkeepers don’t often get mentioned but Dylan Mitchell in the Manly goal had a blinder, capping it off with an unbelievable save to deny Marconi skipper Nahuel Arrarte at the death. Arrarte said after the game; “It was one of those games, we had it, but a few lapses of con- centration hurt us. Credit to them, they (Manly) never gave up and in the end got the better of us. A couple of days to bask in the glory of an excellent win then on a cold and wet Wednesday night (29th June) the long trip down to Wollongong for the Waratah Cup semi -final against South Coast Wolves. Kick off was delayed for half an hour as the teams gear had got held up in a major traffic snarle up just south of Sydney. Fi- nally the game kicked off to the eerie back drop of the flaming towers of Port Kembla steelworks. Colin Iley was on fire too and within two minutes of the start put Manly ahead. Rob- bie Cattenach hit the crossbar shortly after and the faithful started to worry about yet more of the missed chances that have dogged this season. Fears seemed con- firmed when Wolves forward Picciolini equalized on 28 minutes but Manly were smelling a Cup Final appearance and six The Might Manly United Waratah Cup winning side just prior to demolishing South Coast Wolves in the semi-final at John Crehan Park, Wollongong Just can’t have enough Colin Iley, this time against Marconi Catto sticks it to Olympic Ground announcer Andrew Doyle and Phil Moss, one advertises Smarties, the other McDonalds!!