MANYANA were lucky to split the points with Bomaderry on Saturday after neither team could get on the scoreboard at Bomaderry Oval.
Bomaderry had plenty of chances in the second half but were unable to finish, leaving the game nil-all at full-time.
“You have got to be happy to get one point, but I felt like we let two go,” Bomaderry coach Doug Foley said.
“We should have won. We had plenty of opportunities in the second half where we should have put the game away, but we missed every one of them.”
“The longer the game went on I thought they [Manyana] were going to jag a goal and we were going to get away with no points.
“So it was good not to lose, I just felt we could have done better.”
Manyana coach Matt Tooley agreed with Foley.
“They should have scored. They could have won by two or three,” he said.
“On Saturday they were fitter and sharper than us. We just couldn’t get in the game.”
The game was evenly matched at the beginning of the first half, but after Manyana’s key striker Rohan Daley was off with an injury 15 minutes in, Manyana seemed to lose momentum and Bomaderry gained even more possession.
Making the match even more confusing for both teams was the fact that similar stripes made the game a sea of gold.
“It was a bit confusing. It made players look harder before they passed the ball,” Foley said.
In the second half Bomaderry let so many scoring opportunities go, and almost came off the losers after Manyana’s Brandon Perosh put in a brilliant shot at goal which by all accounts should have found the back of the net.
However Bomaderry’s seasoned goalkeeper Daniel Turner put in the save of his life to prevent Manyana taking the points.
Foley said there was no weak player from his team.
“Daniel Frew in the midfield was rock solid and he was probably my pick for man of the match. In the backs, Nathan Aldridge was out, so Blake Munilla stepped up to play well as sweeper.
“Brad Bailey was rock solid all game, and Daniel Turner’s goal he saved was a very important part of the game, because that goal was going in.”
Tooley admitted that everyone struggled from his team, however said Perosh was the best player on the day.
Tooley also praised the referee.
“He had a really good performance and got most of the decisions right and was consistent,” he said.
Bomaderry will face St Georges Basin next week, with Manyana to come up against Huskisson.
“All the games for us have been decided with one goal,” Foley said.
“Basin have come back strong from the first game where they got hammered. I have heard from a few guys that they are hanging in there, and as with most teams in this grade, it would be a mistake to underestimate them.”