It took more than 90 minutes and required the goalkeeper to score it, but Suburbs escaped with a dramatic late equaliser in injury time at a sodden Saxton on Sunday.
Corey Wilson’s first ever goal as a keeper was a crucial one as Suburbs snapped a draw from the jaws of defeat against Caversham.
“I knew we needed a point to stay top of the league so with a minute to go I thought ‘why not go up and have a go?’”
After a frustrating period of missed opportunities, Suburbs finally netted the goal that sees them stay unbeaten in the Southern Football League.
Suburbs went on all-out attack in the final twenty and despite about a dozen shots at goal, a ten-man Caversham managed to resist the onslaught.
Just as it looked the result was assured, Corey Wilson came up out of the box for a corner as Suburbs had one final shot.
As the ball pin-balled around the players, it eventually ended up at the feet of Corey and the Irishman hammered it home to square the scores as the Saxton faithful erupted.
The win sees Suburbs go one point clear at the top of the SFL table with two rounds to play.
Rain began to fall at Saxton shortly after kick-off with neither team able to convert its opportunities sending both sides to the sheds scoreless.
Suburbs came out firing but again the execution was lacking, several shots going wide of the mark.
Caversham’s Connor Neil finally opened the scoring after 55minutes with a superb strike from a free kick bending out of reach of Wilson.
Cameron Gordon replied almost immediately but had his goal disallowed for a handball.
Sean Carter was then sent from the field following a second yellow as the hosts continued to pepper Caversham until they eventually cracked when Corey took it upon himself to even the honours.
“After being out for the whole summer league last year, it feels brilliant to be back in goal and playing my part for the team.”
His heroics ensure Suburbs fate is in its own hands and he says there’s no reason why they can’t now go on and win the league.
“With the players and ability we have this year, it would be a huge disappointment if we slipped up now with the title in touching distance.”
Suburbs next host the win-less Otago University at Saxton on Sunday.
Kick off 12.30pm
Suburbs 1 (Wilson)
Caversham 1 (Neil)