A SPIRITED fightback by a 10-man Twin City fell just short when beaten 3-2 by Boomers in the cup knockout yesterday.
A superb strike by Peter Noordewier put last year’s league champions in front midway through the first half.
Noordewier turned villain for Boomers when he sprayed a penalty early in the second half before Sam Graetz delivered the perfect through ball to Andrew Grove and a clinical finish and a 2-0 lead.
Wanderers were then reduced to 10 men when a heated clash saw players from both sides involved in a fight mid pitch.
Boomers extended the lead to 3-0 before Jason Gilbert bagged a double to get Twin City within a goal just before the final whistle.
Grove said they would need to be better next week at Myrtleford.
“A bit disappointed to give up the two goals at the death,” he said.
“We’ll need to be better next week — we missed a penalty, a couple of one-on-ones and you can’t afford to miss those in finals football — it is all about who takes their chances.
“Thankfully we scraped through.
“Going to Myrtleford will be tough but we will go there play our style of football and it is up to them to beat us.”
Grove said it was good Ben Chaffey was back.