Young Lions might have already booked their finals berth after toppling Tolland but skipper Duncan Cameron has rated his side’s 2-0 win over Cootamundra as one of their best all year.
The dual-registered talent scored the final goal to sink the Strikers at Hall Bros Oval and end what was a typically physical affair between the northern clubs.
Isaac Hines found the net early for his side before Adam McPhail’s injury-ravaged side pushed back, grimly holding on to try and keep their premiership candle alight.
It wasn’t to be as Cameron’s second half strike snuffed out any hope of a Cootamundra finals appearance, pulling Young closer to third-placed Henwood Park on the ladder in the process.
“It was a really good game from us, I thought,” Cameron said.
“We definitely turned up for it and matched them physically.”
Lions coach Mark Mellish had earlier earmarked strength at the contest as a key area of improvement for his side and improve they did, going toe-to-toe with the hard-nosed visitors for the full 90 minutes.
“It was one of the better games we’ve played this year,” Cameron said.
Young are now brimming with confidence heading into their final regular season game of the year but will have their work cut out for them against a red-hot Wagga United outfit.
The men in orange threatened to usurp Lake Albert last weekend and held the Sharks to a 1-all draw in a clear statement to the rest of the competition.
“United’s looking good and they’ve had a fair run of 10 or so games without losing,” Cameron said.
“But we’ve got three wins in a row now and we’re really looking forwards to it.”
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