THERE were plenty of goals scored at Huskisson Sporting Fields on Saturday with Manyana claiming six and Huskisson four in the teams’ close encounter.
Huskisson may be on the bottom of the table, but they gave third ranked Manyana a run for their money with the score equal at 4-all at one stage in the second half.
Huskisson dropped the ball in the first five minutes of the match and Manyana took advantage with two goals.
However both teams fought hard for the remainder of the first half with the score 3-1 at the break.
In the second half Huskisson put in a big effort to equalise at 3-all, and then when Manyana put another one through, fought hard to make it 4-all.
But the home side ran out of puff in the last 10 minutes and Manyana took advantage to find the back of the net twice and take the 6-4 win.
Goal scorers for Huskisson were Jake Malligan, Santino Battagliolo and Oliver Boserio-Judge.
“We were five players out so we played quite a few guys up from second grade and they really impressed the other guys who usually play in first grade,” Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh said.
Manyana will face Culburra next round whereas Basin Huskisson will come up against Basin in a bottom of the table clash.
“I really hope we can get a win out of them this time,” Osterloh said.
“We lost in the last 30 seconds the last time we played them. We had a lot of possession in the first 30 minutes, we were just unlucky not to put the game to rest.”
After focussing on his team’s defence in the first round, Osterloh said he had focussed more on the attack the last few weeks, with promising results.
“Most of the season we have been struggling to score goals, but in the last two games I think we have scored as many goals as we had all season,” he said.