SO CLOSE: Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League under-14 players Jonah Duncan, Riley Walker and Dylan Roser after their narrow loss to Goondiwindi on Saturday.
SO CLOSE: Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League under-14 players Jonah Duncan, Riley Walker and Dylan Roser after their narrow loss to Goondiwindi on Saturday. Elyse Wurm

Nail-biting game decided by a penalty at full time

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Goondiwindi under-14s held onto a lead of about 10 points for most of the match against the Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League side, but the match ended up coming down to a nail-biting finish.

Suburbs worked their way back to even footing at 32 all, as the minutes left on the clock ran down.

But when a Suburbs player wasn't square at the marker at full time, Goondiwindi was awarded a penalty.

The side didn't waste the opportunity to get back in front and scored to win back a two-point lead after the final siren.

Trainer David Ammenhauser said Goondiwindi had seven players on the bench, significantly more than Suburbs.

"We only had one on the bench, so to only have one rest they did well,” he said.

Ammenhauser said Jeffrey Ross, Jonah Duncan and Riley Walker had made key contributions to the match on Saturday at the Suburbs Oval in Warwick.

"They do most of the talking, but it was a strong defensive effort from all of them,” he said.

The under-14s side will now face Tenterfield in the last game of fixtures, who is currently sitting second on the ladder just above Suburbs.

Ammenhauser said he was confident his side could secure a strong next when the teams go head to head at Tenterfield next Saturday.

Suburbs under-12 side also went down to Goondiwindi with a final margin of 6 to 34, while the under-16s team also lost 10 to 38.

Players in the under-16s wore black armbands and observed a minute silence before their game in honour of Don Neal, who served as club president between 1977-78 and recently passed away.



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