Bonnyrigg Sports Centre is the venue for a match that promises goals ? there have been 17 of them in the three matches between the two sides this season.
Manly United defeated Sutherland 4-2 at Seymour Shaw Park early in the season, but the Sharks got their revenge, thrashing Manly 5-0 at Cromer Park later in the year.
The two clashed in the Grand Final qualifier a fortnight ago, a match that saw Sutherland take a 2-0 lead before being pegged back, a Manly goal in injury time of the second half sending the match to extra time. Sutherland scored twice in the extra period to seal their place in the Grand Final, but it was a warning of the ability that Manly United possess.
The Northern Beaches side had to endure extra time and a penalty shootout last weekend against Blacktown Spartans in order to qualify. They could well have been knocked out had Andre Carle scored with an open goal in front of him with the last kick of extra time, but his miss sent the game to a shootout where Manly?s keeper Tonu Liiband saved the final penalty to send his side through.
Both sides possess huge quality in attack, which will make for an exciting game. Sutherland Sharks? Christopher Naumoff, Nick Olsen and Ben Cornish have been pivotal to their campaign, whilst Manly United?s Michael McGinley has been unstoppable in front of goal, ably assisted by his striker partner, William Pritchard.
It is an important day, too, for the goalkeepers. Marko Bozic and Tonu Liiband will have to be at the very top of their games if they are to see their side to Championship glory.
It is also a big occasion for the coaches of both sides, Jim McMillan and Rod Eames at Sutherland and Nigel Mahoney at Manly United.
This match will certainly be a fantastic game and the winner will certainly have defeated a worthy foe.
-By Matthew Connellan