Mancunians Snatch Late Victory
Mancunians snatched a last minute victory away at Burnley, when halfback Danny Child crossed for a remarkable try in the final minutes of the game.
Despite being six points behind the home side with seven minutes to go, Mancunians finished the game four points ahead to complete a stunning fight back when Sam Cartwright and David Keane combined to break the Burnley line with Child still having to beat three defenders to score.
Some Intelligent kicking from stand-off David Keane ensured that Mancunians went ahead in the early stages of the game, but the home team hit back almost immediately to level the game and for most of the first half the two teams were locked into an epic struggle with both sets of forwards battling for field position. But a penalty goal kicked by David Keane just before the break meant that Mancunians had the advantage at the interval.
As the second half began the home side got into their stride with two converted tries in quick succession and began to gain the upper hand. But Mancunians' never say die attitude, illustrated superbly by David Keane's performance meant that the Burnley line would buckle and when the full back spilled the ball from a towering Keane kick, the away side powered over through the fractured defensive line to bring Mancunians back into the mix.
It was the error by Burnley that galvanised the away team. Taking advantage of the field position from the kick-off, hooker Mark Dobbs darted over from dummy half to score taking Mancunians back into the lead but the home side struck back within minutes to regain the advantage.
And when the home side crossed the line again a few minutes later it seemed that all was lost for Mancunians but, bouyed by their second half performance, Mancunians sealed a great victory with two late tries with Child crossing to seal the victory to set up a fascinating repeat fixture at home this Saturday.