Yoogali SC was able to put their local rivals to the sword on Sunday afternoon as they picked up a 6-2 victory against Wagga City Wanderers at Solar Mad Stadium.
The home side was able to start in a threatening manner, with Danny Roche able to get in behind the defence on a number of occasions but not able to find the final product.
That was until Joey Preece popped up in the box and, after getting the cross from Jack Moon under control and got the ball onto his left foot and placed it home.
Danny Roche made it two in quick succession while he got his second soon after to give Yoogali a 3-0 lead into the late stages of the first half.
Wagga was able to pull on back with a goal to Nashwan Sulaiman before Danny Roche was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence right before halftime.
Emerging from the break, Mason Donadel was able to beat Robert Fry at the near post before Wagga reduced the margin back to two goals once more, with Jacob Ochieng finding the back of the net.
Donadel popped up for his second of the game with an audacious chip with Fry off his line, looping into the back to the net to make it 5-2.
The Wanderers afternoon got worse as they were reduced to 10-men with Matthew Moffat sent from the field while Will Piva struck almost immediately after coming off the bench to score his first senior goal and secure the 6-2 win to Yoogali SC.
Yoogali coach Luke Santolin said while his side continued to make things hard for themselves, it was good to see his side deal with the adversity well.
"We dealt with it alright and created a lot of chances and were able to score three goals with a man down," he said.
"I'm proud of the boys and get the feeling they played for each other today, and that was what I wanted."
Santolin was pleased with how his side was able to deal with being reduced to 10-men for the entirety of the second half.
"They started to throw the kitchen sink at us, and I think we dealt with it, so that is a positive," he said.
"It just felt like a team performance, they all stuck together, there was no negative talk, and we were really positive at halftime."
The three points helps reduce the gap to the top four to just one point, with Canberra White Eagles dropping points this weekend.
"We need to beat the teams below us to stay in the conversation and then prepare to try and knock off some of the bigger sides to sneak into the top four," he said.
"This keeps us on track for our goals and allows us to regroup, and we are still in the fight."
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