Manly United vs Sydney Olympic Review | Manly United Football Club
Two Nikola Kuleski stunners has helped Sydney Olympic emerge 2-1 victors over Manly United in a pulsating encounter at Cromer Park on Sunday afternoon. Following a rather tame opening stanza, the contest sprung to life two minutes after the interval as Kuleski produced a goal of the season contender from long range. Manly equalised courtesy of a Brendan Cholakian set piece twenty minutes later, however they were only level for a matter of moments as Kuleski curled in another screamer from his own dead ball scenario on the 70-minute mark. The hosts found themselves in the ascendancy for extended periods of the match, however were left frustrated by a heroic defensive showing from the Champions. There was no shortage of late drama as a last-gasp equaliser from substitute Charles Mendy was eventually scratched out for offside after a heart-stopping few minutes of deliberation by the officials. Six minutes of stoppage time were eventually brought to a halt, and Olympic secured a priceless three points to tighten their stranglehold on an all-important top five position, breaking Manly hearts in the process. In a match where the stakes were high, both sides took their time to grow into the contest resulting in a tight, scrappy first period. While Olympic maintained possession well in the opening stages, it was Manly who finished the half the stronger. Their best opportunity arrived in the 43rd minute, as Adam Parkhouse forced a smart save out of Paul Henderson down low to his right, before Cholakian’s attempt at turning home the opener was smothered. Then out of seemingly nowhere, Katie Pattinson’s whistle at the commencement of the second half brought rise to a battle of epic proportions. 47 minutes in, a Harris Gaitazis effort was deflected out into the path of Nikola Kuleski at the base of Olympic’s midfield. He confidently brought the ball under control, before unleashing an unbelievable half-volleyed strike which evaded a soaring Dylan Mitchell to nestle in the top right corner of the net. While the Cromer Park faithful sat stunned, they were soon on their feet as Manly so nearly replied instantly. Adam Parkhouse flew down the left wing and shook off his marker to find himself in a promising crossing position. He elected to produce a smart cut back into the path of Cholakian, whose attempt at curling one home into the bottom right corner was denied by Paul Henderson. Manly