The Riverina Rhinos have missed the chance to pick up some crucial points as they fell narrowly to Tuggeranong United on Saturday afternoon.
The side was able to take the lead after a well-worked play a Daniel Febo set piece found its way to the head of Ally McLeod.
McLeod headed the ball back across goal to allow Darren Bailey to open the scoring with a tap-in.
Unfortunately for the Rhinos, they were their own worst enemies as Tuggeranong drew level shortly after as they were unable to properly clear a free kick seeing the sides go into halftime locked at 1-1.
United took the decisive lead early in the second half after they were awarded a penalty which was duly converted.
According to coach Ross Morgan, it could have been a different story had his side made the most of the chances they were creating.
“It was a similar story to last week,” he said.
“In the last half hour, we created plenty of chances but were unable to finish them off.”
The task wasn’t made easier for them when they lost forward Sean Bremner heading into the clash with the seventh-placed Tuggeranong outfit, but Morgan was pleased with the performance of the guys who stepped up.
“Nick Capaldi in goal was great for us,” he said.
In the last half hour we created plenty of chances but were unable to finish them off.
“Roy Catanzariti stepped up to take Bremner’s spot and did quite well and Danyon Arnold who has been out injured most of the season started his first game and went well.”
Morgan hopes his side are able to take positives out of the game heading into their clash with fellow battlers Monaro Panthers who they defeated earlier in the season.
In the lower grades match of the round goes to the under 14 who fought back from 5-0 down to get the score back to 6-4 heading into half time.
The scoring didn’t stop there, however, and the Rhinos would eventually take the game 9-6 thanks to five goals from Jonathan Codemo.
The high scoring affair sees the Riverina side remain on top of the table with a gap of five points to second placed Woden Weston.
Meanwhile, the under 16s picked up a 2-0 win keeping them in the hunt for a finals spot. The under 13s were not as fortunate falling 4-2