The Tumut Eagles had a tough day out at The Bull Paddock on Sunday, losing their Pascoe cup, Gardiner Shield and Blake Trophy fixtures to Leeton United.
The first-grade game was a spectacle though, with a loaded Leeton United FC scraping home for a 2-1 win over Tumut, who were very unlucky not to at least share points.
Leeton’s opening goal came via an own goal to Ethan Kass, before Ethan Contessa hit a screamer to level the scores 1-all.
Connor Edenden sealed the Eagles fate late in the match though, scoring the winner and helping Leeton to a three and one winning record and a position in the Pascoe Cup top four.
Eagles coach, Dylan Piper-Bye said his side played well, and dominated the flow of the match but just couldn’t ice the win.
“We played really well. We had a lot of clear-cut opportunities but unfortunately were unable to finish any of them,
“Defensively, we really strong and we outclassed them in the midfield. I thought we carried the ball really well from our backs into the midfield and even to our forwards, but we lacked that final finish.”
Piper-Bye applauded his team’s efforts though, especially after going down one-nil in unfortunate circumstances, and admitted the result was just a part of football.
“We gathered ourselves really well, something we haven’t done this season. We earned a free kick at the top of the box through Daniel Castle and Ethan Contessa absolutely slotted it into the right-hand side,” Piper-Bye said.
“We played quality football and we managed to outclass them for the majority of the game, but they were able to get the winner from a tap in after a little fumble by our goal keeper and that’s just how it goes sometimes.”
Despite showing promise in fixtures against Lake Albert, Young and now Leeton, the Eagles are winless after three games are sit second last on the competition table.
“I think we just need to keeping pushing for results, if we get one, we might get another with that flow on affect. We just need to play every game as we see it,” Piper-Bye said.
Leeton coach, Frank praised the Eagles for their performance and was just happy to get out of Tumut with three points.
“They were good, they played really well. I have to give them credit, they are an approved team. They run all day and they keep going,” Alampi said.
“I said to the boys at the start of the day, we wanted the three points, which we didn’t get last year when we played here but we did today.”
Alampi praised Matt Casey, who he believes was Tumut’s best after Leeton had the early running in the tough encounter.
“We started really well but I think the boys got frustrated when they couldn’t score and we were terrible after that,” Alampi said.
“In the first 10 to 15 minutes, we had it all over them but their goal keeper made some magnificent saves. We have five or six clear cut opportunities but their keep made some well class saves.”
In the lower grades, Tumut’s third grade side led 1-nil after a 40m goal from Charlie Dodds, but after sitting level 1-all at the break, Tumut went down 4-1.
In second grade, the Eagles couldn’t match Leeton either, going down 2-nil.
In round four Pascoe Cup fixtures, Hanwood FC drew 2-all with Young, Henwood Park surprised Tolland 4-nil and Lake Albert and Wagga United played out a scoreless draw.
Pascoe Cup standings: Henwood Park 10, Leeton 9, Tolland 9, Young 7, Hanwood 7, Wagga United 5, Lake Albert 4, Tumut 3, South Wagga 3.