Sport Rugby League Manly’s Cherry-Evans pulls off miracle victory

Manly’s Cherry-Evans pulls off miracle victory

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Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a miraculous field goal with just three seconds left on the clock to clinch a thrilling 15-14 win over Newcastle on Monday night which robbed the gallant Knights of a famous upset at Brookvale Oval.

Leading 14-4 with just over a quarter of the match remaining, the Knights looked set to cast aside the ownership crisis gripping the club to win at fortress Brookvale for just the third time in their history and lift themselves off joint-last position on the NRL ladder.

But with the last throw of the dice before the match went to golden point, Cherry-Evans launched a 40-metre field goal from out near the right-hand sideline to give the out-of-sorts Manly a valuable victory on the eve of the State of Origin period.

Newcastle players were strewn across the park as Cherry-Evans, picked on the bench for Queensland earlier that night, celebrated his latest moment of genius.

Manly winger Jorge Taufua put a series of clangers behind him to help the Sea Eagles get back into the match, before lock Jamie Buhrer pounced on a James McManus dropped ball in the 73rd minute to deadlock the match at 14-14.

Newcastle had a golden opportunity to kick the field goal and clinch the match, but fullback Darius Boyd sent the ball to the right of the posts.

Five-eighth Jarrod Mullen elected to pass the ball despite himself having a chance to take the shot, and Boyd wasn’t able to execute despite no defender within striking distance.