Cougars make a statement

SATURDAY’S top of the table clash between Culburra and Manyana at Culburra Oval proved to be a bit of anti-climax, with the home side cruising to a 4-nil victory. 

MARKED MAN: Culburra coach Tony Gauci said defender Jayden Witt did a great job of shutting down Manyana danger man Rohan Daley during Saturday’s 4-nil win.
Photo: PATRICK FAHY

MARKED MAN: Culburra coach Tony Gauci said defender Jayden Witt did a great job of shutting down Manyana danger man Rohan Daley during Saturday’s 4-nil win. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

There was plenty of anticipation ahead of the clash, with the Wanderers going in unbeaten, but the day belonged to the home side. 

The Cougars went 1-nil up early when Steve Gray crossed it in to Kieran Witt, who buried the ball into the back of the net. 

They found their next not long after through an own goal and carried a 2-nil lead into the half-time break. 

Kieran Witt was back in the thick of the action in the second half, when he made a break up the sideline and found an open Jack Miller who provided the finishing touches for their third goal. 

The Cougars completed the 4-nil rout when Blair Sutherland got one over the top of the keepers head to score their final goal.

Culburra coach Tony Gauci said he thought it was the best they have played as a team this season. 

“When I left the end after hearing the opposition say ‘that’s the standard we need to be at’, it made me very happy,” he said. 

“I’m still a bit shocked about the 4-nil result, but I’m absolutely over the moon,” he added. 

Striker Corey Ryan made his return to the starting line-up and while Gauci was pleased to have him back, he was also happy they managed to score four goals without Ryan getting on the score sheet. 

“I think if he was at his best then he might have put one or two chances away, but it’s good to see we’ve got other guys who can score goals and we’re not just relying on him all the time,” he said. 

“Kieran Witt is absolutely killing it at the moment; he’s probably the form player of the competition. 

“Then there was his brother Jayden who had the task of marking Rohan Daley and I thought he did an outstanding job.

“Everyone is just putting in 100 per cent and it’s really good to see.” 

Manyana coach Matt Tooley said it was an understatement to say it was not the result they were looking for, but was still upbeat after conceding their first loss. 

“Culburra were much too good for us and they deserved it,” Tooley said. 

“Simply they were the better side; they were fitter and keener.

“They’re the benchmark of this competition, that’s for sure.” 

Tooley said he thought they tried hard and was pleased they never gave in, but did not really think they had any standouts. 

“Rohan Daley looked dangerous at times, but for the most part we were overshadowed by all the orange shirts,” he said. 

Tooley said he was not worried about having a loss, but how they react to it is important. 

“You can go in feeling sorry for yourself or you can pick your head up and get back out there and show we are good footballers. 

“We can’t be down about it; we’ve just got to lift and hopefully we will do that next week.” 

 Next week Culburra are back at home against Basin, who are fresh off their first win of the season, while Manyana have a road trip to take on Shoalhaven Heads. 

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