Leeton scuttles Yoogali FC in upset

SANDWICH: Leeton's Danyon Arnold and Sam Pirrotina bare down on Yoogali FC's Roy Violi. Picture: Ron Arel.

SANDWICH: Leeton's Danyon Arnold and Sam Pirrotina bare down on Yoogali FC's Roy Violi. Picture: Ron Arel.

Leeton....................................................2

Yoogali FC.............................................1

LEETON has staked its claim as a finals side, beating second-placed Yoogali Football Club 2-1 at Platform Lounge Oval yesterday afternoon.

Leeton coach Mitchell Clay was conscious Yenda, Wests and Griffith City were all gunning to steal his side's fourth position, which made yesterday's upset victory even sweeter. Clay said the victory proved Leeton United could unseat the Billabong Cup's most fancied sides should

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it make the finals.

Yoogali Football Club, who had only lost one match before yesterday, had their noses in front 1-nil going into half-time.

Just minutes into the second stanza Anthony Mandaglio linked up with a crafty through-ball that split YFC's back two markers in half and he duly converted.

Ten minutes from the final whistle Adam Raso converted a spot-kick to bury the visitors.

"We played smart football and kept the ball well, we created some great chance and with a bit more composure we could have scored a few more," Clay said.

"We had better composure and more time on the ball and while we would have scored a couple more, at least we're creating chances.

"Yoogali FC were tough, strong, everything you'd expect in the second-placed side and it's always competitive against them but we took our chances which got us over the line."

Clay said Leeton United would take plenty of confidence from the match as they march towards the finals.

"It's a huge win today, it means we're one step close to cementing fourth position and we beat a top-three side today giving us more confidence if we do make the finals."

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