EAST Armidale denied Norths United the McDonald’s Northern Inland Premier League minor premiership with an upset victory on Saturday.
A win would have secured top spot on the ladder for Norths who were leading the competition heading into the final match of the season.
Fifth-placed Easts were eager for a strong finish to head into the finals series and dominated the opening stages of the match.
A goal in the first half to Corby Kliendienst set the win up for Easts who backed their defenders to get the job done and hold the competition leaders out of the goals.
They kept the Redmen scoreless, the first time since round four against Demon Knights.
Coach Chet Davies said the win was a fantastic confidence booster heading into the semi-final fixtures, which all four Armidale clubs are part of.
"We are pretty stoked at the moment. We dominated most of the first half,” he said.
"We were pretty happy with the first half goal but they came back at us in the second half but it wasn't one way traffic.
"They moved some blokes up forward to pinch that goal.
"They definitely needed a draw or a win to secure minor premiers and we certainly took they away from them.
"It was an all-round performance from everyone.”
The win sets up an elimination final with Oxley Vale Attunga in Tamworth next weekend.
Davies said the side aren’t getting too ahead of themselves and knows the side will have to lift again to keep their premiership hopes alive.
"They are looking forward to it,” he said.
"We are just taking it game by game at the moment.
"We will just keep chipping away at the mountain.
"They have beaten us once and we have beaten them once this year.”
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