ONE goal doesn’t tend to change a season, but it could prove to be crucial for Luke Giverin.
The English import broke his duck for Manly United against Hakoah Sydney City East last Sunday afternoon with a scorching left foot strike late in the first half.
He followed that up with a quality assist from a free kick soon after the break.
Giverin feels he finally found his feet in what has been a challenging introduction to the PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s one competition.
"To be honest, the weather took its toll on me,” the midfielder said.
"Luckily it is cooling down now, it was tough playing in (hot) conditions.
"It is certainly different to back home."
The Manchester United youth player arrived in Australia back in January seeking a new challenge in football.
On the books of the Red Devils from the age of seven, he wasn’t getting the on field opportunities he craved.
"I just wanted to play as often as possible,” Giverin said.
"I had a mate playing for Northbridge FC and he had (Manly coach) Paul Dee’s number.
"Once I was settled, I went down for a trial and signed on a week later."
Giverin admitted he was surprised by the playing ability of his new teammates.
"It was obvious very early on they could all play,” the 23-year-old said.
"All the lads welcomed me from day one, which made things easier.
"My focus is playing well for Manly in every game – beyond that who knows what will happen, my visa is only for 12 months.
"I’m very happy at the club and I think we have the squad to give the competition a real shake and hopefully also go on a big run in the Westfield FFA Cup."