MUFC Profile: Men’s 1st Grade Season Review
THE 2019 NSW NPL season proved to be a testing one for Manly United.
A flurry of frustrating early draws were followed by some impressive wins before Paul Dee’s men fell away to finish ninth.
Disappointing yes, but far from a disaster, according to the long serving coach.
LACK OF QUALITY STRIKERS
“It was definitely the area we let ourselves down, we needed a quality number nine,” Dee said.
“Going forward, we will look to address that. If you look at most of our games, we were in them, but failed to take our chances and were often punished. If we had a bloke who scored 10 goals or more, it is a different story.
LETTING PREMIERSHIP WINNING PLAYERS GO
“Releasing our club captain Jamie Lobb was a very tough call, as was Nikola Taneski to Rockdale. You can’t keep everyone, and sometimes you have to make decisions with your head, not your heart.”
PLAYERS WHO IMPRESSED
“I thought Brendan Cholakian was very good for us, as were the likes of Travis Oughtred and Sam Gallagher in defence. (Goalkeeper) Dylan Mitchell also had one of his better years.”
“Thankfully we are still alive, and we will look to give a good account of ourselves against Brisbane Strikers in the round of 16. The boys can’t wait for the road trip, and it is a huge occasion for the club. Getting through to the quarter-finals would be unreal, but we know it won’t be easy, far from it.”
I’m very excited about Harry McCarthy, representing the Young Socceroos was great for him. Youngsters Max Rogers, Lucas Rainbird and Massimo Forlico all have huge futures, how far they progress is up to them.”