A late winner from Shaun Mortyne secured Cowra victory against Panorama FC Black at Proctor Park on Sunday, the Eagles making it three wins in a row in the process.
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Coach Adam Gambrill described it as “one of those really good wins” in which his players took a timely boost from, ahead of a tough string of games to finish the regular rounds.
With FC Black also battling for a top six spot, the victory is a valuable one for the Eagles who move to 27 competition points and strengthen their finals bid.
“It was a tough, hotly contested game with plenty of strong challenges and some verbal stuff,” Gambrill said.
“It was good to hit them on scoreboard because that’s where it hurts the most.”
Cowra conceded the game’s opening goal about 20 minutes in when long range blast, saved by Eagles goalkeeper Bryn Stanford, deflected off the crossbar and landed in the feet of an FC attacker who tapped in.
The Eagles responded through Max Wensley at the 35th minute and the scores were locked at the break.
Panorama enjoyed the bulk of possession with a gusty wind in their back in the second-half, but it was a calmly taken winner from Shaun Mortyne with minutes remaining that separated the two sides.
“Our goalie probably had his best game of the season,” Gambrill said of Stanford’s performance between the sticks.
“He’s dominance in goal was impressive. I was wrapped with him.”
The coach wants to see the same attitude in his side’s upcoming fixtures.
There’s a general bye this week ahead of games against Panorama FC Red, CSU White and Lithgow Workies Gold.
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