The Tumut Eagles have made it two wins on the trot following Sunday’s 2-1 Pascoe Cup victory over Wagga United at Rawlings Park.
Playing in round nine of the competition, the Eagles went ahead 1-nil after 41 minutes and 2-nil after an hour of play.
United hit back and scored in the 84th minute via a penalty, and despite the Wagga side pressuring Tumut late in the contest, the Eagles held on for a good win on the road.
Coach Lachlan Anderson said it was important Tumut defeated the struggling Wagga United.
“It was good to get the win,” Anderson said.
“They are the only other team besides Cootamundra that is below us on the table and it is nice to create a gap between us and them.”
Tumut have given up leads throughout the 2022 Pascoe Cup season and Anderson was happy to see his defence dig in against a persistent United side.
“We were penned in and kept them out,” Anderson said.
“They didn’t have many good chances, and their best chances came from crosses but (Matt) Casey wasn’t really tested and their finishing wasn’t fantastic either.”
Tumut were forced to make a few positional changes once Reece Mastellotto left the field injured, and Anderson was happy that his players reacted and still played well.
“It was a good performance by everyone,” Anderson said.
“There were a couple of people playing in different positions but they did well.”
Creed was a shining light for Tumut, with the winger scoring his first goal following a poor Tumut free kick.
After the failed set-piece, Anderson and Ben Howell combined to get the ball to Jay Casey, who then delivered a good pass to Creed, who found the back of the net.
Creed’s second goal was his own work, and he was able to swipe between a Wagga United defender and their keeper before he took it around the keeper to score a good goal.
“It is nice to have him back,” Anderson said.
“He just adds an extra bit of first-grade quality.”
Creed and Casey combined well up front and the Eagles simply look a more composed and dangerous outfit when the talented duo are playing together for Tumut.
“They have played together for a couple of years now and they get along well and it is no surprise they connect a lot,” Anderson said.
Tumut’s coach said the Eagles reduced their mistakes against Wagga United.
“What has let us down this season has been mistakes and we didn’t make a lot against Wagga, and that was the difference,” Anderson said.
“It was just a good performance and I hope we can build on it against Lake Albert.”
The Eagles take on the third-placed Lake Albert Sharks in round 10 of the competition in Wagga and Anderson said Tumut would be up for the challenge after the teams drew 3-all way back in round one.
“It was a bit of a funny first game against them, because we didn’t think they were that good, but they are sitting in third now,” Anderson said.
“It will be an interesting game; we like playing against them and it will be no different on Sunday.”
Unfortunately, Tumut’s third-grade team fell in round nine of the Blake Trophy competition.
Playing at Rawlings Park on Saturday, the Eagles went down 2-nil and Anderson said it was obvious his playing group had not played for two weeks.
“It was a bit of a weird game,” Anderson said.
“It seemed quite obvious there were a lot of guys that hadn’t kicked the ball for a couple of weeks, and it showed.”