WANGARATTA City came within 20 minutes of stealing a point from top side Wodonga Diamonds on Sunday despite being without four of its best players for the clash.
For the record, Diamonds gained revenge for their 4-2 loss to the Red Devils earlier this year, however, the Wangaratta team again proved difficult for the cup favorites to get past.
The Red Devils went into the match without star English duo Stefan Joseph and Neil Smith with injury, however, they copped further blows with defenders Ahmet Ay and Aaron Taylor pulling out on the morning of the match.
But that still wasn’t enough to see them roll over as young stars Hamish Busk, Damien Albertson and Will Keenan led the charge.
Scores remained 0-0 at half time and it took some special efforts from the Diamonds to finally break the deadlock before adding a second just before the final whistle.
“It was probably right up there as one of our best games of the year,” Wangaratta City coach Jon Shaw said.
“In terms of who we had out, Stef and Neil were already missing but then Ahmet pulled out Sunday morning and Aaron Taylor dropped out an hour before the game.
“It was 0-0 for 70 minutes and when they scored it was like they had won the grand final.”