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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Manchester End Great Dane's Unbeaten Run

MANCHESTER threw their National League title hopes a lifeline on Sunday when they beat reigning champions Great Dane, bringing an end to their two-season domestic unbeaten run.

The thrilling 26-25 victory leaves Manchester just one point behind Great Dane. While both sides have three play-off matches remaining, the Manchester v Great Dane match scheduled for May 23 could well turn out to be the title decider.

Both sides began with strong defences and a physical approach, but the Manchester goalkeepers Deak and Belus (pictured) gave them an edge in the first and second halves respectively.

There was never more than a couple of goals between the two sides as the lead changed hands frequently, but Manchester led 12-10 at the break.

The closing stages of an intense match led to a player being sent off for both sides, but Manchester thought they had done enough for the win with Lasek wrong-footing the Danes keeper while under pressure.

Great Dane hit back in search of an equaliser with 30 seconds left, however, the Manchester defence held out well to secure a one-point victory.

In the day’s other match, an under-strength Salford took on Olympia with just five players as much of their team was held up because of an accident on the motorway.

Olympia ran out convincing and predictable 50-14 winners, but Salford should be back to full strength for the next set of play-off matches on April 25, which are due to be held at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool.

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