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Manlius Pebble Hill downs Tully with late goal

With just 47 seconds left, Manlius Pebble Hill’s Luke McQueeney split two defenders and found the back of the net to give MPH the 2-1 win over Tully on Thursday.

“Luke works so hard for us up top,” MPH assistant coach Tony Venezia said. “It was just a great moment and for him to score with so little time left was just great for us.”

The win for MPH comes with its head coach, Don Ridall, away from the team with an injury. Ridall, who fell from a ladder doing home repairs recently, had surgery on his hand and missed the match. Venezia stepped in, though, and his prior experience came in handy.

“I’ve been coaching here for eight years now,” Venezia said. “I know the kids very well and anytime we play Tully–they are a well-coached team and play well together–it’s always a battle. It’s a strong, physical game and it was nice to come out with a 2-1 win tonight.”

With the win, MPH improves to 4-0 on the season, something Venezia says comes from the team working so well together.

“The kids we have this year just work very hard,” Venezia said. “They are really coming together as a unit and a team. They are sharing the ball with each other and have just been successful so far.”