Wagga City Wanderers striker Jacob Ochieng again stepped up to deliver a match-winning goal in the final minutes to sink Brindabella Blues for the second time this year.
Ochieng scored a 94th-minute match-winner in Canberra on Saturday to give the Wanderers a much-needed 3-2 win over Brindabella.
It was a case of deja vu after Ochieng earlier this season scored a goal in the 97th minute to hand the Wanderers a thrilling 5-4 win over Brindabella in the fourth round of the FFA Cup.
This time, the result was able to life the Wanderers from the bottom of the NPL Two ladder and into sixth spot, with one round of games to play for the season.
Wanderers coach Dave Leonard confirmed Ochieng was now public enemy number one at Brindabella.
"Jacob Ochieng again broke Brindabella's hearts. I don't think they like him too much," Leonard said light-heartedly.
"But greatly respect him."
The Wanderers showed plenty of character to record their third win of the season.
They scored the opening goal of the game through Samson Lucas, before the Blues replied through an exceptional free kick.
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The score was 1-1 at the break before the home team were first to strike in the second half. Nashwan Sulaiman was able to level the scores again about 10 minutes after, setting the scene for a thrilling finish.
Into injury time, it was Ochieng who was again the hero, clinching the match-winner for the Wanderers.
Leonard was thrilled to get reward for effort.
"An ecstatic result. Really, really pleased for the boys. Just to get some reward for effort," he said.
"It was end to end stuff. Being on synthetic you were able to counter attack really quickly. It was grit and determination. It would have been really really exciting from a spectator's point of view and heart-wrenching from a coach's point of view but in the end the boys got the result, which is really what we were looking for.
"The boys trained really well leading up to this week, and I mean really well. They really put the effort in. Not that they don't, but this week they were really up and about. We had a talk to them on Tuesday and laid down some ground rules and an aim not to be on the bottom of the ladder and the boys responded to that so again now it's just about the boys being consistent and playing good football."
Prince Thompson, who returned to the Wanderers recently, played a 'super game' in the midfield.
Nick Van Honk impressed when he came on to replace Josh Timothy-Nisbett (concussion) in defence alongside Kyle Yeates.
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