IT was a weekend that offered so much promise for the Wagga City Wanderers, but the club was left flat after two losses at Gissing Oval.
Coach Blaise Fagan was left fuming after ill-discpline cost the club dearly on both days of the busy weekend.
The Wanderers dominated the majority of the State League game against Southern Districts on Saturday before a mental lapse cost them their first points in the competition.
The Wanderers were 3-1 up with nine minutes to play before conceding three late goals fall 4-3.
That was only compounded by a 1-0 loss to Yagoona in its fifth round FFA Cup game on Sunday.
On top in the first half the Wanderers couldn’t find a way to the back of the net before a disastrous 10 minutes.
They went behind after 65 minutes only to have Ally Macleod and Callum Dunbar sent from the field after a fiery encounter in the centre of the pitch.
Macleod was given a straight red when he became entangled with a Lions player before fellow Scot Callum Dunbar was given his second yellow after kicking the dead ball into the pack of bickering players.
Fagan thought neither game reflected just how well the team can play and believes the team has a lot of improvement mentally.
“When you lose your discipline unfortunately you can’t play football and no one can play sport if you lose your discipline,” Fagan said.
“It’s all about knowing what your tasks and roles are and doing them.”
It’s the second straight week the Wanderers have conceded a flurry of late goals in their State League.
Fagan also put down the lapse to a lack of discipline and is disappointed with the attitude of the players in the club’s first year.
“We decided to create this club to take the boys out of club football and to State League, but unfortunately they keep taking themselves back there by ill-disclipline and not understanding it is a high pressure game for 90 minutes, not just short periods of time,” he said.
“We got what we deserved.”
Fagan highlighted not maintaining possession and playing with poor shape as other areas the Wanderers let themselves down with and admitted there was a lot of work to do before their next State League game against Western Condors.