Reaching: Oxley Vale Attunga keeper leaps high to make this save against North Armidale on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner130816GGE
Nanjing Night Net

NORTHS United skipper Mitch Wilson snatched victory from Oxley Vale Attunga’s grasp at Scully Park on Saturday with a late equaliser.

Wilson’s 89thminute penalty enabled the Redmen to snatcha1-all draw, and an important point as they chase the Northern Inland Premier League minor premiership. It keepsthem two ahead of Demon Knights with a round to play.

The Mushies had led since the last minute of the first half courtesy of Adam Watson.

Norths co-coach Scott Freeman was disappointed only to come away with a draw but conceded itwas better thanit was looking like, disappointingly so.

He thought they dominated OVA “fairly well” in the first half but they couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“We had four or five chances but their keeper pulled out some saves that I don’t think many people would have saved,” he said.

It has been a bit of a trend of late.

“We’ve scored nearly 70 goals all season but the last three games we don’t seem to be able to find the net,” Freeman said.

He admittedlydoubted whether a goalwould come.

In pursuit: Oxley Vale Attunga’s Benn Gennardinni and North Armidale’s Mitch Wilson jostle for possession during Saturday’s clash. Photo: Gareth Gardner 130816GGE53

“To the point that when the penalty was awarded I turned away.I couldn’t watch,” he said.

He said Cody McCann was good out on the left wing for them.He also couldn’t go past the midfield of Wilson, Michael Griffiths and Jason Boundy.

“Our midfield worked hard controlling the game.They had the run of the game there for a while,” he said.

Oxley Vale coach Tim Coates thought they did enough to win the game.

His disappointment was though mollified a bit but thefact that they had three players out.

“We went out to do one thing. That was score a goal and lock down the game, and we did that but for the last 20/30 seconds,” he said.

They were also rueing some missed chances.

“We had three or four in the second half that we couldn’t put away,” Coates said.

“Jack (Diebold) a couple of timeswas unlucky to not either score or draw a decision.”

Watson was for him a standout.Eli O’Donnell also did a good job on Griffiths.

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