The only team to journey through the Football Wagga competition undefeated had an unfortunate brush with a Football NSW Champion of Champions favourite in the first round of the knockout competition on Sunday.
Sydney division one champion Nepean FC defeated Wagga United Crows’ under 12’s, in a game that went down to the wire.
Teams were drawn 1-1 at full-time, the stalemate continued to the end of extra-time, and Wagga lost 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.
“Nepean said at the end, ‘we came down thinking it would be a training run, but you had us worried, we were blown away,’” Crows’ co-coach Matt Owen said.
“Our kids, gee they did a great job.”
It was the first time in eight years a Wagga team has entered the prestigious state knockout competition.
“It was a good weekend,” Owen said.
“Unfortunately we lost to Nepean but we won the grand-final on Saturday.”