Young Lions could be without their first-choice goalkeeper for Sunday’s elimination final clash with Leeton United.
Incumbent gloveman Mitch Cameron has impressed in goals for the plucky Lions in their 12-month charge from wooden spooners to finalists but Cameron’s place may be in doubt after coach Mark Mellish revealed the goalkeeper’s injury concerns.
“Mitch hasn’t trained this week yet, though that’s partially due to other commitments, but he’s had a few issues with his back for a while now,” Mellish said.
“He should be right to go against Leeton, but we’ve got cover if we need it.”
That cover comes in the form of former Cootamundra Strikers goalkeeper Matthew McKnight, a player Mellish rates among the best in the business.
“Matthew’s a different kind of keeper to Mitch and they’ve got different styles of going about it,” Mellish said.
“He’s been around for a while and I’d say he was probably the benchmark for goalkeepers in 2015.
“Mitch is obviously the incumbent and will play if he can, but Matt’s happy to come and sit on the bench which is good for us.”
The Lions have shared bragging rights with Leeton this season, losing their first encounter 4-0 back in May before turning the tables with a 1-0 victory last month.
Young haven’t lost a game since that win and head into their must-win clash on a four-match unbeaten streak.
Young also boast the competition’s third-best defence and have conceded just 28 goals this season
Meanwhile, Leeton will take a three-game unbeaten streak into the elimination final.
The two teams kick off on Sunday afternoon at Rawlings Park.
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