SHOALHAVEN United have managed to beat Manyana at home, a feat only competition leaders Culburra has managed to do this season.
United managed a 2-1 defeat of the home side, although according to United coach Trevor Skingle, the match could have easily been a draw.
“But it was a good win down there and I reckon it has been a few years since we won down there,” he said.
“But I have to say, me and Matt [Manyana coach Matt Tooley] were easily the best dressed on the sideline.”
The first half saw Manyana play some quality football, but they were always foiled by the strong United defence.
“To be fair, Manyana played better football in the first half,” Skingle said.
“We were scrapping well and defending well, but it wasn’t pretty soccer by us.”
In the 30th minute United’s Dean Atkinson took the ball down the left hand side of the field to cut in and beat two players in the 18 yard box before booting the ball past the keeper to make it 1-nil, where the score remained at half-time.
In the second half United started to build a stronger attack and in the 22nd minute claimed their second goal thanks to Billy Wallington.
Wallington took the ball down the right hand side of the field, took on a man and beat him to the box, where he smashed the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal.
Manyana finally got on the board late in the second half thanks to Jackson Daley, and are 2-1, were still in with a chance to equalize.
This chance was made even more likely due to United having to make a few changes due to injuries.
“It was a bit nervy in the last 14 minutes, but our goalie pulled off a couple of saves and we played well to hold on,” Skingle said.
“A draw was probably the fairer result but luck rolled our way and we are happy to take the points.”
Skingle said his backs Brett Ringland, Matt Fuz and Zac Gordon were definitely the strongest in his team on Saturday.
“But if I had to give the three points to any one player I couldn’t do it because it really was a great team effort,” he said.
Next week Manyana will come up against Bomaderry and United will face St Georges Basin.