Kemblawarra Fury came from two goals down to avenge last season’s grand final defeat in a 4-2 victory over Albion Park White Eagles at Terry Reserve on Sunday.
An early own goal off Fabian Iacovelli and Hikaru Kawasakiya’s 23rd minute header had the White Eagles on track to repeating their 2016 decider win.
But the Fury had other ideas.
They squared the ledger in a frantic five minutes before half time through goals from Matthew McNab and Anthony Proia. Sam Munro put them in front in the 71st minute before McNab grabbed in brace in the final minutes of the match to seal the comeback win.
Fury coach Luke McGuire was rapt with his side’s fighting qualities.
“The character the boys showed as great,” he said.
“We went down 2-0 and they started on fire.
“We had to work hard to get back in the game and once we did we scored an excellent goal.
“We lifted from there. It was really positive the character the boys showed.”
The victory moves Kemblawarra level on points with Wollongong Olympic and three points behind ladder-leaders Bulli.
In other matches, Picton Rangers picked up a valuable three points in a 1-0 win over Corimmal Rangers.
Wollongong Olympic outgunned Wollongong United in a 4-1 victory, Tarrawanna edged out Woonona Sharks 1-0 and Bulli remained unbeaten as they beat Port Kembla 2-0.
Cringila Lions overcame South Coast United 2-1 on Sunday.