Marlins Sunk late by Shoreman

Brave Manly sunk late by Shoremen
By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 2
Who: Manly v Northern Suburbs
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Norths 25-21
Manly are where on the table: Fifth (6 points)
 
80 minutes in 80 seconds: A tit-for-tat first half saw both sides score a try each and exchange penalties goals for an 11-8 scoreline in the Marlins’ favour. Norths got the jump early in the second half, scoring their second try to edge ahead 15-11. For the third time in the game, Manly quickly regained the lead – 16-15 - via a try to the impressive Michael Adams. But that was a signal for Norths to up the ante and they effectively put the game to bed with back-to-back tries as Manly centre Kevin Fuavao was cooling his heels in the bin. Manly scored at the death through prop Makani Fuavao to secure a bonus point.    
              
Where it was lost: The Marlins went punch for punch all the way but those back-to-back Norths tries in the last 15 minutes proved a bridge too far. Manly’s effort and commitment on another hot April day could not be faulted.  
 
Marlins' best: Michael Adams, Kotoni Ale, Alex Westgarth, Harry Bergelin         
 
What they said: “It was a really decent effort. We missed a few winning moments and they just finished that bit stronger.” – Manly coach Brian Melrose       
 
Worth a mention: How about Russell ‘Rusty’ Mackie making a cameo in fifth grade at the ripe old age of 71! It was game 378 for this Marlins legend – and they won. Rusty’s made it clear to Billy that he’s available for first grade should injuries hit.            
 
Where to from here: We are on the road south to Forshaw to meet Southern Districts. Both sides are 1-1 after two rounds