East Campbelltown Eagles suffered their second loss of the season when they succumbed to St Marys 30-28 on Sunday.
This was the one that got away from the Eagles, who led 24-6 in the second half before the home team scored three converted tries to level the scores.
St Marys scored one more to grab a 30-24 lead, the first time they had been in front on the scoreboard.
The Campbelltown boys responded with a try of their own five minutes before the final hooter, but their fourth missed conversion attempt meant they finished the game two points behind at 30-28.
The Eagles started the game strongly with a try in the opening minutes through Shannon Gallant and a 6-0 lead.
When St Mary’s levelled it up with a converted try of their own, Eagles went up a gear to run in tries to Tom Morrison, Theo Leato and Craig Moustakas.
Unfortunately, the goal kicking was off for the Eagles, who ended up taking a 20-6 lead to the half time break.
The second half started in a similar fashion with Craig Moustakas running in his second try for the day.
But another conversion miss meant the Eagles could only stretch their lead to 24-6.
Which gave the home team a window of opportunity and once momentum changed towards them it meant trouble for the Eagles.
Best for the Eagles were Grant Lahey, Brett Lahey, while Tom Morrison received the man of the match award and young recruit Dean Robson was named players player.
East Campbelltown Eagles will take on the Hills Bulls this Sunday at Waminda “Tint Me Up” Oval at 2.30pm with another full day of senior rugby league starting from 10am.
Under 17 Division 1: De La Salle 38 East Campbelltown 10
Under 23 Division 1: East Campbelltown 20 Guildford 0
Reserve Grade: East Campbelltown 52 Greystanes 0
Sydney Shield: St Mary’s 30 East Campbelltown 28.