City blows chance to top ladder

Mittagong have claimed the Corkery-Andrews Cup after a hard fought 26-18 win over Campbelltown City on Sunday afternoon in Group 6 Rugby League action.

City blew a golden chance to take the competition lead after eight rounds, especially on home turf on a perfect Winter Sunday afternoon.

It was an all action start to the match, with young half Kiel Edwards scoring for City after just seven minutes, but it was going to be a tough afternoon at the office, as Mittagong replied shortly after.

The Lions scored two tries in six minutes, with Jake Merceica and captain Regan Economos adding their name to the scorer’s sheet, giving the Lions a 10-6 lead.

As the halftime siren approached, City centre Josh Burke, who returned to the side today after injury, managed to get over the line to give the Roos fans something to cheer about. Jett Karam then added the extras to give City a 12-10 lead at the break.

Mittagong opened the scoring 5 minutes after halftime, but Campbelltown winger Steve Faoagali, who was damaging off his wing, scored a nice solo try to give City the lead once again, with 29 minutes remaining.

Mittagong’s Tom Connick, who won the Player’s Player award after the game, sealed the win with two tries in a six minute period. The Lions held on for a determined 26-18 win over City.

City coach Liam Fulton was frustrated after the game, admitting his side blew a golden chance to take top position on the ladder. Fulton knows his side must bounce back when they host Picton on Saturday in the Ron Kain Memorial Shield at Campbelltown Stadium.