South Armidale's Northern Inland Premier League season came to an end on Sunday in a minor semi-final thriller.
The Scorpions hosted the in-form North Companions for the do-or-die encounter and fell short.
Neither side managed to get past their opponents' defence in the opening stanza with a nil-all at half-time.
Both sides continued to battle for chances in the second-half and it Companions' Cody Thompson who made the most of his with a 50 metre goal to secure a 1-nil win for his team.
The Scorpions created plenty of opportunities to score but couldn't get over the line and president Joe Campbell was, naturally, devastated after the clash.
"Very disappointing," Campbell said.
"We probably had enough chances to win it and didn't take them and they get a lucky goal, that is football."
Despite the loss, it is has been a strong season for the club, finishing with semi-final berths in both first and reserve grade after a tough 2018.
The Scorpions top grade team started the year well, with four wins and two draws in their opening six matches, but injuries and player absences started to play havoc with their season with mix ed results to finish the year.
"The way we started the season, we were very on top of things and then things started to fall apart a little bit," Campbell said.
South Armidale's reserve grade team also bowed out of the finals race in the match prior with a 3-1 loss to Tamworth FC.