The Men’s AL1 side went into Saturday’s home game against a much fancied Manly Vale looking to register their first Careel Bay win of the season. At the end of the game they had done exactly that, coming from behind to win 2-1.
Manly Vale had the better of the early exchanges and went 1-0 up around the 20 minute mark. This seemed to be a lightbulb moment for the lads who after the goal started controlling and maintaining possession and this combined with the pressing of the Manly Vale defence, started to make inroads. Rob Fleming’s side created a number of chances which ultimately led to Jack Murata scoring his 2nd of the season just before half time.
In the second half the team took another step forward and repeatedly managed to cut through Manly Vale’s midfield and create a number of chances which resulted in Elliot Green coming off the bench to score our second goal after being put through by Murata. The team held one to grab the win, celebrated with a raucous team huddle at full time.
Coach Fleming was understandably thrilled with the result. “It was an excellent team performance which, defensively, kept a good Manly Vale side at arm’s length and under control whilst the wide players, midfield and strikers led the way with huge amounts of energy and commitment to both press the opposition and break on them in numbers time and again.”
The team sit in 5th place, just 4 points off top spot following an encouraging start to the season, and travel to Manly-Allambie this coming Saturday.