Eels claim inaugural Johnny Mannah Cup
The players ran onto the field with one man on their mind. Johnny Mannah. Both teams lined up next to the trophy and had a moment of applause instead of silence for Jon Mannah.
Tim Mannah took the first hit up of the night and didn't stop there. The Eels attacked early and had numerous sets on their goal line. They cracked the Sharks defence at the 13th minute with a Ryan Morgan try.
The Sharks responded within 5 minutes and continued the trend of freakish tries in season 2013. On the last tackle, Michael Gordon kicked through and the ball bounced back from the crossbar, falling into Gordon's hands and he was over the under, right under the posts.
After a few goal line drop outs and repeat sets, the Eels struck again with Ryan Morgan crossing the line to score his second of the night. Chris Sandow converted the try from the Western side of the stadium and it was 10-6 leading into half time.
The second half included some frustrating footy from the Sharks. They had many opportunities on their goal line but couldn't crack the Eels line. Both teams played end-to-end footy until the Eels kicked a penalty goal from right infront to make it 12-6.
The field goal attempts began at the 67th minute with Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts attempting to make it a 7-point game. In the 74th minute, Luke Kelly kicked the field goal to wrap up this gritty win.
Parramatta Eels 13 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Halftime Score: Parramatta 10-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Luke Kelly
2 points - Tim Mannah
1 point - Michael Gordon
PARRAMATTA EELS (13)
Tries: Ryan Morgan (2)
Field Goals: Luke Kelly (1/1)
Conversions: Chris Sandow (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Chris Sandow (1/1)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (6)
Tries: Michael Gordon
Conversions: Michael Gordon (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Welcome to Parramatta Stadium
where today, both teams come together to celebrate Johnny Mannah's life, playing for the Johnny Mannah Cup.
The Eels are looking to bounce back from a 50-0 thrashing last week while the Sharks will be without Todd Carney
who is injured.
The teams are out on the field, running past the Johnny Mannah Cup. There will be a tribute to Johnny Mannah now.
A moment's applause for Johnny Mannah.
Parramatta will run left to right and receive the ball first.
The Eels complete their first set
PENALTY EELS - Mills penalised for a hold down.
PENALTY EELS - Jarryd Hayne
breaks through the line to be stopped by Gordon who is penalised. Full set on the goal line for Parramatta.
The Eels can't cross the line and it's a changeover.
8 min: Tim Mannah
is making huge metres. Sandow finishes the set with a kick just inside the corner post. Sharks ball.
Parramatta run it on the last but can't break through again.
13 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Ryan Morgan
. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow
Morgan breaks the line and scores in the corner for Parramatta's first points in a fortnight.Parramatta Eels
Cronulla looking dangerous going from sideline to sideline.
PENALTY SHARKS - Andrew Fifita
held down too long and Sharks get another six.
23 min: Stewart Mills
pushes the ball over the dead ball line. Goal Line drop out to Eels.
24 min: Stewart Mills
yet again takes the ball dead. Another goal line drop out to Eels.
PENALTY EELS - Sharks player holding down on Darcy Lussick
Sharks finally get a break with Ken Sio
taken over the sideline.
Not long to go in this first half. Sharks have a fumble but complete their set.
37 min: Jarryd Hayne
throws a beautiful pass but it was called forward but the touch judge.
Gallen is rampaging towards the goal line as the Sharks look dangerous. Goal line drop out to Sharks.
This time it's the Sharks with a forward pass. A scrum is called for Parramatta.
Parramatta lose the ball and it's play on. The Sharks quickly kick and Beau Ryan
JUST misses a scoring chance. That's half time.
The teams are back out on the field. Parramatta will kick off and run right to left for this second half.
40 min: Paul Gallen
has the first carry of this second half.
43 min: Ben Ross
drops the ball on halfway and it's a Parramatta scrum.
Parramatta complete their set on their goal line but can't score or keep Sharks in goal.
Sandow kicks quickly and Beau Ryan
takes the ball up to start another Sharks set.
47 min: Jarryd Hayne
just avoids taking out the cameraman as the Sharks kick on the last.
Sharks get a penalty and quickly head down the field towards their goal line.
PENALTY SHARKS - Gallen has the ball stripped and the Sharks quickly tap the ball, 20m out.
52 min: Luke Kelly
puts yet another impressive kick through to force a Sharks scrum.
Sharks ball runs dead and Parramatta get a 20m restart.
Hot potato footy here by Parramatta!
Sharks look to keep the ball alive but turn it over to the Eels in their own half.
57 min: Ben Roberts
kicks across field and Beau Ryan
drops the ball into Ryan Morgan
's arms. He doesn't know the count has restarted and kicks but Cronulla knock on and it's an Eels scrum.
PENALTY EELS - Gallen pushes Fui Fui on his back who retaliates and throws the ball into Gallen. Bit of push and shove. Eels going for the 2.
PENALTY SHARKS - Eels inside the 10.
PENALTY SHARKS - Paulo pushes in the tackle.
Sharks keep Sandow in goal and force a goal line drop out.
Sharks keep up the defence and keep the Eels in their half. Jarryd Hayne
kicks on last and it's a huge kick.
Cross kick by the Sharks. They almost score but Hayne picks up the loose ball and runs down field. The set ends with a Chris Sandow
field goal attempt which is unsuccessful.
PENALTY SHARKS - Sharks are looking to even up this game as we enter the last 15 minutes.
Yet another cross field kick for Beau Ryan
to knock back into Parramatta's hands. Change over.
70 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Jeff Robson
has lost the ball in the tackle not far out from the Sharks goal line.
Sandow puts up a bomb but Michael Gordon
is too safe under the high ball. He makes heaps of metres down the field and takes the first tackle on halfway.
72 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Paul Gallen
loses control of the ball while trying to play the ball.
74 min: Ben Roberts
attempts a field goal but a Sharks player knocks it down and it goes dead. Goal line drop out.
76 min: Luke Kelly
kicks the ball dead to wind down time.
Sharks have stopped the clock with 30 seconds to go and are running the ball around.
FULL TIME: PARRAMATTA EELS HAVE WON 13-6