It was seven rounds in the making, but the Tumut Eagles have earned their first win of the Pascoe Cup season after belting the South Wagga Warriors 5-nil at The Bull Paddock on Sunday.
Forwards Daniel French and Tim Dixon led by example, with each player scoring a brace and gaining some much-needed confidence in front of goal.
Still, it was the stellar second half performances by Will Goode and Ethan Contessa that opened the game up for the home side.
After the scores were locked at nil-all at the break, Goode and Contessa carved up the Warriors defenders, consistency breaking through the line and creating attacking opportunities.
Eagles coach Dylan Piper-Bye, who was celebrating his first win at the helm of the Eagles first grade team, was happy to see his front three making use of their scoring opportunities.
“We played really well and created a lot of opportunities and if anything, their keeper kept them in the game,” Piper-Bye said.
“We finished a few chances, which is good and hopefully that carries over to the next two or three weeks.”
The young coach said he wasn’t nervous after Tumut were kept scoreless for the first 45 minutes of the contest, despite boasting a majority of the possession.
“We were definitely the better team the whole game, their keeper kept them in the game and it was never in doubt we would get one, it was just a matter of waiting and being patient,” Piper-Bye said.
“Once the flood gates did open, it was good to see us bury a few.”
Piper-Bye did comment on Will Goode’s exceptional performance, suggesting it could be a catalyst for more good games from the enigmatic Eagle.
“He played really good, he has been working hard all season and has been unlucky in a few games,” Piper-Bye said.
“It was good for him to get one and hopefully that boosts him for the rest of the season.”
Another player that really caught the eye was Daniel French, with the imposing and physical striker proving a handful for South Wagga.
A humble French didn’t want to focus on his own efforts though, and instead credited his two goals to a well-rounded Eagles performance, agreeing with his coach that the result would do wonders for the team.
“It was good to get a couple, but we played well as a team and some good passes helped get us the win,” French said.
“I reckon the confidence will up there now and we should have a good end to the season and play some finals.”
The Eagles Pascoe Cup side will now prepare for a tougher assignment when taking on the reigning premiers Hanwood FC at Rawlings Park next Sunday.
The Griffith side is coming off a 2-1 win over Wagga United and will be desperate for a result, with the second-place side fighting for their place in the Pascoe Cup finals.
Other top-grade round seven results saw Young draw with Henwood Park 1-all and Leeton account for Tolland 2-nil.
Pascoe Cup standings: Leeton 16, Hanwood FC 14, Henwood Park 14, Lake Albert 13, Young 12, Tolland 12, Wagga United 9, Tumut 6, South Wagga 3.