Cherry on cake as skipper ices big victory for Manly
TWO Daly Cherry-Evans field goals have helped Manly take a huge step towards finals football following a thrilling 22-21 win over the Warriors.
Played in wet, windy conditions, the result appeared to belong to the Warriors with seven minutes to go, before a Tom Trbojevic try and Cherry-Evans field goal sent the game into golden point extra time.
In the 85th minute, the Manly skipper stepped up to slot the winner and ensure the Sea Eagles remain in eighth on the NRL ladder with one game remaining.
Manly five-eighth Blake Green was on song early in the clash kicking two 40/20s in as many minutes.
On the second occasion, the Sea Eagles converted their opportunity with Jake Trbojevic diving over in the 11th minute.
The visitors extended their lead to eight points after Matthew Wright slotted a penalty goal.
But the Warriors came to life off the back of a Tom Trbojevic error and David Fusitua soon had his first meat pie of the day.
In the 32nd minute, Johnson forced a repeat set and backed it up with a deft grubber which was dived on by Fusitua and levelled the scores.
Manly kicked themselves ahead with another Wright penalty goal after halftime before Tom Trbojevic redeemed himself moments later with a linebreak and try assist for Dylan Walker.
The home side weren't done and they levelled the scores once again in the 51st minute when a catch and pass from Fusitua put Blake Ayshford over.
When Ken Maumalo dived over in the 69th minute and Johnson slotted a field goal with six minutes to go, the result looked in the bag for the home side.
But Manly had another trick up its sleeve and reduced the margin to a single point when Tom Trbojevic chipped and chased for himself.
A Cherry-Evans field goal levelled the scores in the 78th minute and he had another chance right before the full-time siren but was unable to slot it.
It was a case of third time lucky for the Manly playmaker who landed the killer blow in the 85th minute.