Eels Jersey Flegg tough out victory over Sea Eagles
The Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side have come away with a tough fought 22-14 victory over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles side at New Era Stadium, Cabramatta on Sunday 8 April.
The sides met in Round Two of the competition, with the Eels claiming a dominant 38-6 victory last time around, but the most recent clash was a much different affair.
The Sea Eagles put first points on the board in the sixth minute of the clash, with winger Bilal Maarbani crossing early to give the away side the lead.
However the Eels found their gear and struck back with two consecutive tries in the 15th and 18th minute of the clash when halves Dylan Brown and Jaeman Salmon crossed for tries of their own, the latter returning from injury and playing his first game of the season, putting the Eels back ahead after 20 minutes of the clash.
A tough and back and forth contest to end the first half, with neither side able to turn possession into points, before a successful penalty to Brown right on the stroke of half time saw the Eels take a 12-4 lead at the half time break.
The Eels extended their lead in the second half through James Porter who crossed for a converted try in the 48th minute of the clash.
The Sea Eagles attempted to mount a comeback when Maxwell Barry crossed in the 66th minute of the clash, narrowing the scoreboard to 18-10, however the Blue & Gold defence worked hard to stop their momentum.
Eels hooker Reed Mahoney crossed in the final minute of play, putting a stamp and securing a 22-14 victory.
The victory was the Eels third win of the season.
They will now face Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve in Round Six of the season on Saturday 14 April.
Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg 22 (Tries: Dylan Brown, Jaeman Salmon, James Porter, Reed Mahoney; Goals: Dylan Brown (3))
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14 (Tries: Bilal Maarbani, Maxwell Barry; Goals: Luke Metcalf 1/2)