WAGGA United coach Travis Weir described his brother Lincoln's courage to play with a dislocated shoulder as "herculean" in Sunday's dominant 3-0 Pascoe Cup win against Tolland at Kessler Park.
Weir suffered the injury contesting a header in last week's loss at Leeton, but still managed 65 minutes in his side's third win of the year.
Asked how he managed the pain, Lincoln said: "A bit of Nurofen to help. I was worn out after about 40 minutes, jeez it was painful.
"I was a bit hesitant about it all and at the start if felt really good, but it got worse and deteriorated.
"When it came to it, they probably didn't need me in the end but the team comes first always."
Despite running into the wind in the first half, Wagga United used the conditions to their advantage.
Youngster Kein Crevatin scored the opener after just six minutes off a through ball that held up between Tolland's keeper and back four, before Tyler Allen doubled the lead in similar fashion ten minutes before halftime.
Wagga United sealed all three points when Adrian Merrigan headed home from a corner shortly after the break.
A bad day for Tolland got worse when Nick Tsipiras was sent off after receiving a second yellow card soon after the third goal.
"Kein's a good young kid with a level head on him and he's exciting to have around," Travis Weir said.
"Lincoln's been in a sling all week and it was more a judgement call today, but that was herculean. He's a real leader."
Meanwhile, defending champions Lake Albert bounced back from last week's grand final rematch to Young with a 3-2 win over Leeton United at Rawlings Park on Saturday night.
Lake Albert went through last year unbeaten but were fortunate to claim all three points against a Leeton side which shapes as one of the big improvers after winning their previous three matches.
Looking to maintain the outright competition lead, Leeton twice found an equaliser and pushed hard for the winner in the second half, but a couple of defensive lapses cost them.
Youngster James Trevaskis scored the winner for Lake Albert with around ten minutes left to secure their third win in the first four rounds.
"It's a very important win, they were top of the ladder and undefeated coming into the game. We don't want to start slipping down the ladder because once you do it's hard to get back up," Lake Albert coach Mitch Tinnock said.
"(Bouncing back after a loss) is pretty big to prove to ourselves and the rest of the competition we're still here to have another crack at the premiership.
"Leeton would be disappointed not to get a result, they were pushing hard in the second half and we only just hanging on."
Leeton coach Frank Alampi said his players were "filthy" with the result .
"It would have been nice to go four from four," Alampi said.
"I'm disappointed in the way the fellas played and so are they, which is good because we're trying to set a high standard."
In other results on Sunday Hanwood beat Tumut 3-0, Henwood Park thrashed Cootamundra 7-1 and Young won via forfeit over South Wagga.
Pascoe Cup: Lake Albert 3 (James Trevaskis, Jamie Rankin, Chris Durman goals) def Leeton United 2 (Conor Edenden, Nick Trifigli goals); Wagga United 3 (Adrian Merrigan, Tyler Allen, Kein Crevatin goals) def Tolland 0; Henwood Park 7 (Ryan McKenzie 2, Harry Trevaskis, Lewis Crawley, Ned Evans, Matt Menzer, Joel Tancredi goals) def Cootamundra 1 (Aaron Kemp); Hanwood 3 (Brad Clark, Danny Johnson, Nick Kennedy goals) def Tumut 0; Young won via forfeit over South Wagga.
Leonard Cup: Hanwood 4 (Tara Cecato 2, Sophia Zappaia, Airlee Savage goals) def Junee 1 (Kimberly Kellt goal); Henwood Park 5 (Brianna Maslen 2, Bronte Buik, Ellie Faulder, Ingrid Weir goals) def Leeton Utd 1 (Melissa Jasnos goal); Cootamundra 3 (Erin Boxsell 2, Taylah Dickinson goals) def Tolland 2 (Elizabeth Road, Abbey Gillogly goals).