ORANGE Waratahs managed to down their Western Premier League bogey side despite finishing the match a man down.
Waratahs downed Lithgow Workies 2-1 in a tight tussle on Sunday.
Scores were locked at 1-all at half-time and both sides had a player yellow carded 15 minutes into the second half following a scuffle.
Waratahs’ Andrew Lundie was one of the players given a yellow card and he was issued with a second when he voiced his disagreement at the decision.
The second yellow for dissent meant Lundie had a red card and he spent the rest of the match on the sideline and left Waratahs a man short.
Amazingly, coach Gary Davidson said this wasn’t a problem for the Orange side.
“We played far better with 10 men. They came out firing,” Davidson said.
“The last half hour was incredible. They all worked 110 per cent and it was everybody who did it.”
It was while Waratahs were down to 10 men they scored their second and winning goal.
Ryan Sinclair set up Kiel Sinclair who delivered a “clinical” goal.
It was the second time in the match these two had combined to score for Waratahs.
Davidson said it was a tough game for both sides and he was happy his side came away with the points.
“They are certainly a bogey side for us. They’re a physical side but we matched them with the physical stuff,” Davidson said.
“We missed a few goals. We probably had a chance to get half a dozen other goals. Lithgow missed some goals too.”
Lundie’s red card means he receives an automatic one-week suspension and will miss this Sunday’s match against Orana Spurs.
Tim Curran will come back in and Davidson said he’ll have to reshuffle a few positions.
The victory means Waratahs remain in second on the first grade competition ladder, seven points from behind leaders Dubbo FC.
In Sunday’s lower grade games Waratahs downed Lithgow 1-0 in reserve grade and the two sides played out a nil-all draw.
Barnstoneworth also had a scoreless draw with Westside Panthers in their reserve grade match.
ORANGE WARATAHS 2 (Kiel Sinclair 2) def LITHGOW 1.