Sawtell captain Grant Martin is tackled in full flight by a Northern Storm defender.
Sawtell captain Grant Martin is tackled in full flight by a Northern Storm defender. Rob Wright

Sawtell topple first placed Storm

A GOAL in the final minutes has seen Sawtell claim a shock 2-1 upset of competition leaders Northern Storm at Korora.

Missing star players Ben Andrews and Garry Phillips, the Scorpions put on a tireless team performance to secure all three points away from home.

It was an afternoon of what could have been for the Storm as it missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed for offside.

Sawtell captain Grant Martin was thrilled with the way his side put in the hard yards  during what was a physical encounter.

"It is always great to take three points off the top side in the competition but for me the highlight was the way the boys battled as a team," Martin said.

"It really was a complete team performance and we were rewarded at the end for our efforts.

"The match had the intensity of a finals game and it was pleasing to see the players step up to the challenge."

Going ahead 1-0 mid way through the first half courtesy of Sam Sawtell, The Scorpions were stretched by a determined Storm outfit.

Just past the hour mark a Riley Dylan goal saw Northern Storm even the ledger.

With time running out Sawtell's Jimmy Dawson struck the back of the net to give the visitors a well celebrated 2-1 lead and the win.

Storm coach Jade Porter was gracious in defeat believing his side didn't do enough to win.

"Full credit to Sawtell they played an exception match and deserve to take home all the points," Porter said.

"The wet weather this week meant we weren't able to train but I imagine it was the same for them.

"Things just didn't go our way but it isn't the end of the world we still have plenty more chances ahead of us."  

The win has kick started the Scorpions finals push and Martin believes his side is right in the mix.

"The competition this year is really close and today's result is evidence of that," he said.

"Any one from first through to sixth is really in with a shot and it all comes down to getting a run of wins under the belt.

"We are learning from the mistakes we made early in the season and hopefully are able to maintain this success."

SAWTELL SCORPIONS 2 (S Sawtell J Dawson goals) bt NORTHERN STORM 1 ( R Dylan goals)

At Plantain RD Oval, Korora



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