Shellharbour City outplays Albion Park-Oak Flats

IN cold, blustery conditions at Ron Costello Oval, Shellharbour City Sharks continued their good season with a dominant 42-16 win over Albion Park Oak Flats Eagles on Sunday.

While the Sharks looked good in attack in the first half they were aided by some feeble defence by the Eagles who were their own worst enemy squandering far too much possession.

The Shellharbour forwards led by Dane Sablowski, Harold Snell and Craig Stapleton did most of the damage but to their credit the Eagles did rally in the second half with a little more possession when the Sharks appeared to take their foot off the pedal.

Shellharbour had all the possession in the opening ten minutes and Goodwin scored in the corner and moments later Sablowski sent fullback Ian Catania in for Bronx Goodwin to convert and the Sharks led 10-nil.

Then Schuster made a break to send Catania in again for Goodwin to convert and they were almost in minutes later but a forward pass was ruled before the Park failed to find touch from their first penalty.

In the 25th minutes the Sharks scored a great try with winger Jamie Manukonga sending a great pass to Goodwin back to Manukonga who scored in the corner and it was 20-nil and a big score was on the cards.

Albion Park rallied and held that score to half time but their defence in the opening four minutes of the second half was almost non-existent and Shellharbour added tries to Sablowski converted by Goodwin and then Manukonga sent Goodwin in with the final pass appearing forward and it was 30-nil.

Finally Albion Park showed some spark when Matt Carroll and Simon Harris combined to send winger Kyle Zimmerman in to score.

But after 15 minutes Snell scored for Justin Rodrigues to convert for 36-6 before the Eagles added two quick tries an intercept by Matt Carroll who ran 60 metres followed by a Breakspear try both converted by Carroll 36-16 and there was no further score until the final minute when Snell went over for a well deserved try converted by Goodwin.

For the Sharks Sablowski and Snell were outstanding and Brad Chapman and Rodrigues also played well and Harris, Dean Gray and Carroll tried hard for the Eagles who are having a hard season.   

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