Déjà vu at Cromer Park as Manly held by Wanderers
Manly United and the Western Sydney Wanderers played out a competitive 0-0 stalemate at Cromer Park on Friday night.
It was a case of history repeating itself with Paul Dee’s men and their opposition kept scoreless for the second week running.
Manly enjoyed the bulk of the goalscoring opportunities throughout the contest, with Dean Bereveskos coming closest midway through the first half as he thundered a powerful low effort off the woodwork.
Marley Peterson saw a couple of close-range chances present themselves, but he was unable to convert what would have been a valuable goal against his former club.
Brendan Cholakian came within inches of converting a trademark stunner late in the second half as he cut inside and so nearly found the top right corner.
The Wanderers forged a few promising attacks of their own, as defender Jamie Percevski scooped a volley over the bar late in the first half and wide man Ali Auglah almost won it at the death.
But overall it was an astute defensive showing from both outfits, with Manly’s young debutants Sam Benton in goal, Ben Varvaressos at left back and substitute Jordan Devries all playing their part in a solid performance.
Post-game, Marley Peterson was understandably disappointed that he was unable to be the difference-maker against the academy side he previously represented.
“We played pretty well like last week, totally dominated so much of the play and we had our chances too,” he said.
“It was a bit disappointing as well against my old club, especially as I had a chance to score that just went over the crossbar.
“It was good to see how their younger players have developed (at the Wanderers). Arthur (Diles) was a great coach for me it looks like he’s got the boys playing well.”
Peterson is confident that it will not take too much longer for the goal to arrive.
“Our structure is good, our team play is good, it’s just sometimes our quality in the final third and getting the ball into the final third that is lacking,” the Manly striker said.
“We just have to be a bit more succinct up front and in our transition from the midfield to the forwards.
“We did really well when the season first began and then everything stopped.
“After another preseason we’ve only just the picked things up in the past few weeks so it will all take some time.”
Manly will spend the week ahead looking forward to their first away trip of the season next Sunday, when they travel to Edensor Park to face Sydney United 58.