WAGGA United insists they are disappointed to only come away with a draw despite showing plenty of character against Lake Albert on Sunday.
Wagga United played with 10 men for 75 minutes and shared the points with last year's grand finalists in a 0-0 draw at Rawlings Park.
Wagga United keeper Mitch Debruyn was red carded 15 minutes into the game, leaving his team down one for the remainder.
Lincoln Weir threw his shirt inside out and stepped in to pull off a brilliant penalty save from the red-card foul before Wagga United coach Travis Weir came on as goalkeeper for the remainder.
While Weir conceded he was proud of his team the way they dug in for the draw, he revealed Wagga United view the game as one that got away.
"To get a draw, it still felt like a loss," Weir said.
"Just because we had so many chances. They had two or three chances, and the penalty as well, but I reckon we would have had 10. And 10 good chances, they weren't low percentage.
"It was pretty disappointing but to get a point after playing with 10 men for 75 minutes was a good effort. The boys showed a lot of character."
While gutted for his team, Weir loved the way United played.
"I was really pleased. I think the most pleasing thing was, apart from me knocking it into key areas, we didn't really try and look long," he said.
"We really wanted to keep the ball and at times we looked like the team with the extra man so that shows what this team's about, that's the most important thing."
Wagga United captain Alec Hope was proud of the way the team took the game on.
"I just thought we dug in really well when we got down to 10 men and kept playing football," he said.
"That was the most pleasing thing. As opposed to sitting back and trying to absorb pressure, we went for it, we thought we could but unfortunately we just didn't have our finishing boots on."