Mile Todorovski?s men have shared the spoils an incredible eleven times in 2010 following their promotion from the NSW Super League competition.
Both teams displayed their aggressive intent from the opening whistle, with a number of hearty challenges setting the tone for what can only be described as a scrappy 90? minutes.
Manly carved out the first chance after 13? minutes following some neat interplay between Matt Sim and captain Joey Schirripa.
Given space down the left flank, Schirripa whipped in a teasing ball to the neat post but Robbie Cattanach was unable to keep his header under the crossbar.
6? minutes later another Schirripa delivery left the Suns back four retreating, only to see Luke Casserly skew the chance wide.
On the hour mark a Schirripa free-kick posed some more questions, with substitute Keith Shevlin snatching at a half chance inside the six yard box.
With 14? minutes remaining Rockdale broke on the counter, with Baturay Akin eventually drilling an effort into the watchful gloves of United goalkeeper Brad Swancott.
On 80? minutes Manly?s Adam Foti had a golden chance to give his team the lead, but produced a weak header from a Jimmy Oates cross.
Approaching full-time Rockdale pushed for a last gasp winner but a retreating Pascal Julliard mopped up the danger.
A frustrated Todorovski vented his frustration at the Suns lack of finesse in front of goal:
?We played well in patches but just can?t finish,?? he said.
?Strikers are born with an eye for goal, you can?t coach it.
?If we had someone who took their chances I think we would be in the top three or four.?
His opposite Craig Midgley was happy to collect a point:
?Rockdale are an organised team who work hard,? he said.
?We knew what they would offer and with a bit of luck could have nicked one.
?Towards the end we gambled by throwing a few lads up into the final third, but I think a draw was a fair result.?
Manly United FC 0
Rockdale City Suns 0
Wednesday, 30th June, 2010
Cromer Park, Dee Why
Referee: Andrew Best
Assistant Referees: Adam Coombes and Thomas Lee
Crowd: 100 Approx.
Manly United FC: 1.Brad SWANCOTT; 4.Matt SIM (8.Keith SHEVLIN 53?), 5.Pascal JULLIARD, 6.Luke CASSERLY, 7.Andrew MAILER (21.Chris GALLO 90?), 9.Robbie CATTANACH (19.Brad GROVES 69?), 11.Adam FOTI, 16.Joey SCHIRRIPA, 17.Jimmy OATES, 24.Beau BUSCH, 25.David DODD
Substitutes Not Used: 10.Craig MIDGLEY, 20.Rhyss KEANE
Yellow Cards: Julliard 44?, Dodd 70?
Red Cards: Nil
Rockdale City Suns: 1.Ben McNAMARA; 2.Paul DEE, 6.Josh LAWSON, 7.Pece APOLEVSKI, 8.Dominic HUDAP, 13.Baturay AKIN, 16.Steven BOSINOVSKI, 17.Pece CVETANOVSKI, 18.Robert DI MEGLIO (5.Geoffrey ISSA 71?), 19.Marino MUSUMECI (12.Stefan DONEVSKI 81?), 23.Askin OYGUR
Substitutes Not Used: 10.Sash TRAJCEVSKI, 20.Andrija PETKOVIC, 22.James CAIN
Yellow Cards: Hudap 88?
Red Cards: Nil