Blacktown dominates in Waratah Cup

Good game: Blacktown City FC players celebrate their drubbing of Manly United in the final of the Waratah Cup on the weekend. Picture: Football NSW

Good game: Blacktown City FC players celebrate their drubbing of Manly United in the final of the Waratah Cup on the weekend. Picture: Football NSW

BLACKTOWN City blitzed Manly United in the second half to claim its third Waratah Cup title at Lambert Park on the weekend.

Blacktown fired in four second-half goals following a tough opening 45 minutes as Japanese player Ryuji Miyazawa starred for the Blacktown side.

Blacktown started quickly and, in the second minute, Mitchell Mallia had a shot from outside the box stopped by goalkeeper Tonu Liiband.

The opening goal arrived two minutes later when a powerful shot from Daniel Araujo forced Liiband to block the ball, but only as far as Ryuji Miyazawa who knocked the ball into the net for Blacktown.

Minutes later Christopher Payne took advantage when Blacktown City goalkeeper Blake Tuxford was slightly off his line and, and with an audacious shot from 40 metres out, scored one of the goals of the season to equalise.

Blacktown City regained the lead just before half-time when Travis Major made the most of a corner that was poorly cleared by the Manly United defence and his shot from close range went in off Graeme Forbes.

In a nicely worked move in the 64th minute Kearyn Baccus scored for Blacktown City by putting the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net after receiving a nice pass from Miyazawa.

Blacktown City secured the Waratah Cup in the 68th minute.

A beautiful run down the left by Miyazawa ended when he crossed the ball across the face of the goal enabling Mitchell Mallia to score and making it 4-1. Another goal to Miyazawa, followed by a late goal to Danny Choi, sealed a 6-2 win, which was a surprising result according to Blacktown director Ken Schembri.

"We're a pretty attacking side but you don't expect to score six goals in a final," he said. "It's pleasing to win because it's a prestigious and tough tournament.

"Now we've got six weeks left to concentrate on the title race."

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