The Tumut Eagles have gone down 5-2 to the Henwood Park Hawks at The Bull Paddock on Sunday afternoon, but the final score line certainly didn’t tell the whole tale of what was an entertaining round seven Pascoe Cup match.
The Eagles led after six minutes, with Jay Casey converting from in front after a handy steal, and the home side would lead one-nil until the second half.
Tumut looked the better team in the first stanza, and realistically should have been ahead by more at half time, with Ethan Parker offered two clear chances; one that was saved very well, while the other shot sprayed above the cross bar.
The Hawks ball to feet football was ordinary and the Eagles were contesting every ball and winning most of the 50/50 battles.
Rhys Creed and Ethan Contessa also had their opportunities in the first half, but a stubborn Hawks defence would keep the deficit to one goal.
The first 10 minutes of the second half was much the same, with Tumut unlucky not to go ahead when a good through ball from Casey found Creed, but the striker was unable to get the shot away.
Henwood Park would turn the contest on its head from the 55-minute mark to the 72nd minute, with the visitors scoring four answered goals.
Two came about due to a breakdown in communication, with crosses fired, leading to two own-goals.
One goal was a good one-on-one with the keeper, with Lewis Crowley scoring and Cameron Weir also scored after a Tumut defender slipped, allowing him to also go one-on-one with the keeper.
Tumut fought back, and multiple chances were saved by the Hawks keeper, Nathan Trinder, who was arguably best on ground.
At one stage, Jay Casey had a penalty saved by Trinder, who dove to his left to keep out a hard, low shot.
Minutes later, Henwood defender David Curtis was red-carded after receiving his second yellow card of the match, giving Tumut another penalty shot.
Rhys Creed made no mistake this time, quickly slotting it to the left of the keeper and making it 4-2 and giving the Eagles a sniff with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Jay Casey could have scored again shortly after, with Reece Mastellotto lobbing in a lovely cross, and Casey flew through the air, but his header sailed over the cross bar.
Parker, Creed, Mastellotto and Contessa all had their chances in the final stages, but Trinder was sensational between the sticks, keeping the Eagles scoreless in the final few minutes.
Tumut would concede a fifth in the final 30 seconds of play, with Cameron Weir finishing with a brace and Henwood Park leaving as 5-2 victors.
While the Eagles will rue the loss, the home side played some terrific football, with Ethan Kass and Marvin Sing sensational at the back, especially in the first stanza, while Murray Barratt created multiple opportunities from the midfield, playing arguably his best game of the season.
Still, it was a tough weekend for the Tumut Eagles, with their Blake Trophy side on the wrong end of a 4-1 result to the Lake Albert Red Sharks in Wagga on Saturday.
Mark Evers scored the only goal for Tumut.
In another big weekend of Football Wagga Wagga top flight action, Leeton travelled to Young and won 2-0, Cootamundra and Tolland played out a 1-all draw, Hanwood kept their unbeaten run alive, defeating Lake Albert 3-1 and South Wagga surprised Wagga United, keeping their rivals to a 2-all draw.