MANYANA retained second spot on the ladder with a 2-1 win against Huskisson at Manyana Sports Field on Saturday.
Manyana player Rob Barrett said the opposition came out strong in the first half of the game and took them by surprise when they scored from the corner in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Huskisson managed to hold onto the 1-nil lead until half time.
Manyana came back on the field strongly and was able to set up a few more chances.
“Budda Daley scored a really good goal on the edge of the 18-yard box and followed it through,” Barrett said.
“For the next 20 minutes of the game there were a few missed opportunities but in the last 10 minutes of the game we scored again,” he added.
Rohan Daley had a one on one with the goalie thanks to a great pass from Matt Sinden ending the game 2-1 win over Huskisson.
“That made the win,” Barrett said.
“Mitch Butel played really well the whole game too and was really well controlled in mid-field.”
Manyana will play Culburra next week, but will have to win to finish in the top two.
“We should be getting some of our players back next week too, we’ve had three out so it should be business as usual.”
Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh said he was really happy with the way his team played.
“Huskisson is pretty low on the ladder at the moment and Manyana are second from the top, so to be winning 1-nil thanks to Jake Mulligan’s goal until half time – I was really happy with that result,” he said.
“It’s the first week we have had a full strength team of 11 players for five weeks and so we were really able to get out on the park and give the top team a good go.
“I’m really proud of how they went.”
Huskisson’s best players were Sam Boardman and Dave Smith, both who haven’t been able to play for a few weeks.
“It was good to have a couple of our key players back on the field it strengthened the score considerably,” Osterloh said.
Huskisson will now play the Basin next week and it will be their last first grade game for the season.