A missed penalty from Lincoln Weir has scuttled his side’s momentum and given seventh-placed Cootamundra an inkling of finals hope.
Wagga United were held to a 3-all draw with South Wagga after Weir’s 89th minute strike was saved by Warriors goalkeeper Brett Scammell, who pulled off a number of key saves on Saturday night.
Scammell’s effort ensured South Wagga would share the points with their cross-town rivals, crippling United’s hopes of a top-four finish in the process.
Weir rued his miss from the spot but conceded his side weren’t up to scratch defensively in the second half.
“Our mindset probably lapsed a little bit out there against South Wagga,” he said.
“We were dominating heading into half time but the break probably hurt us a little because we were on fire and then we lost that momentum and the control we had over the game.”
Two goals to Nazar Yousif along with a rocket from Prince Thompson gave United the upper hand before goals to Will Carey, Ameen Osman and Matthew Murray squared things up at Rawlings Park.
It’s the first time this season South Wagga have gone two weeks without a loss – a statistic not lost on their opposing captain.
“South Wagga have improved a lot since the start of the year,” Weir said.
“I think they’ve done a few structural changes and they’ve got some good young players, so it’s good to see teams like that finishing the year off in a positive manner.”
United slide to sixth on the competition table after Young’s 3-1 win over Tolland and Leeton’s 5-1 win over Junee.
However, United still stretched their lead over Cootamundra to five points after the Strikers’ 4-0 loss to ladder leaders Lake Albert.
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