MANLY United were left frustrated after their PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s clash with Bonnyrigg finished in a 3-3 draw on Sunday afternoon at Cromer Park.
Despite rain pre-game and across the 90 minutes, both sides attacked with intent at every opportunity.
After six minutes United almost took the lead.
A trademark driving run from Adam Parkhouse eventually saw the left winger whip in a cross to the far post which the White Eagles defenders did well to clear.
Seven minutes later it was Kieren Paull’s turn to have the crowd on their feet, but the United right back smacked an effort over the crossbar.
On 18 minutes Manly took the lead.
Dejan Pandurevic turned his marker inside out before drilling a ball into the six yard box.
Captain Brendan Cholakian reacted first, stabbing home from two metres.
With half an hour gone, the visitors should have equalised.
Aaron Peterson fluffed his lines, but the striker made amends two minutes later when his cushioned header sailed past an out of position Dylan Mitchell.
Robbie Younis gave the White Eagles a 2-1 lead 41 minutes in.
Prolific in recent years at Cromer Park, he capitalised on some casual Manly defending.
A rushed ball from Paull fell at the feet of Dom Ferguson.
Younis won the ball cleanly at the edge of the box and didn’t need a second invitation, placing his effort in the far corner.
Manly were fired up after the break and a great cross from Jamie Lobb on 55 minutes just needed a quality touch from Pandurevic to make it 2-2.
Manly did equalise on the 59 minute mark.
Richie Cardozo pounced on a loose ball from a corner, and he was never going to miss from eight yards.
Manly continued to press and were rewarded on 71 minutes.
An inch perfect cross from Lobb was met by Pandurevic, who continues to show why he should never have been released by the Central Coast Mariners.
Bonnyrigg lifted the tempo in their search for an equaliser and it arrived on 82 minutes.
Peterson was clipped in the area and Younis showed nerves of steel to fire past Mitchell.
His first effort from 12 yards was denied due to encroachment, but the one time Adelaide Reds target man just knows how to find the back of the net.
Peterson went close with a diving header late on, and at the death Younis was denied his hat-trick following a questionable offside decision.
"The conditions didn’t help, but we will view it as two points dropped,” Younis said at full time.
"A few calls didn’t go our way, but that’s football.
"Manly are a quality side, they are disciplined and well drilled.
"They will definitely be there at the end of the season."
His opposite Cholakian also felt it was a missed opportunity.
"I thought we started well, but then let things slip,” he said.
"We showed good character to come from a goal down.
"Earlier this year we lost to Bonnyrigg at their place, so a draw is an improvement."
Manly United 3 (Brendan Cholakian 18′, Richie Cardozo 59′, Dejan Pandurevic 71′)
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 3 (Aaron Peterson 32′ Robbie Younis 41′, 82′)
Sunday June 19, 2016
Assistant referees: M.McOrist, A.Beecham
Fourth official: C.Hughes
Manly United: 1.MITCHELL Dylan, 2.PAULL Kieren, 3,LOBB Jamie, 4.OUGHTRED Travis, 6.GALLAGHER Sam, 8.FERGUSON Dom, 9.CARDOZO Richie, (7.COOPER Travis 88′) 10.CHOLAKIAN Brendan, 11.PARKHOUSE Adam, 14.PANDUREVIC Dejan, 22.GIVERIN Luke
Substitutes not used: 20.CATLIN Shaun, 24.HANCOCK Aiden, 18.BRAGG Daniel
Yellow cards: Gallagher 33′, Giverin 51′
Red cards: Nil
Bonnyrigg White Eagles: 1.CHRONOPOULOS James, 21.CHUN Bo Hyun, 16.GALLAWAY Sam, (13.McKENZIE James 89′) 17.GIL Mun Soo, 10.YUTA Kokado, 15.MILLER Ray, 19.PETERSON Aaron, 4.ROBINSON Michael, 3.VRANKOVIC David, (7.KONDEK Greg 77′) 9.YOUNIS Robbie 6. ZONJIC Nikola
Substitutes not used: 5.JENNER Adam, 20.SAVICIC Stevna
Yellow cards: Peterson 53′, Vrankovic 69′, Miller 81′