A POTENTIALLY serious knee injury to Colac Otway Rover Peter Knight doubled the disappointment after the team squandered a late-game lead.
The Rovers led by a goal at the 65-minute mark before a fade-out allowed Corio to slam on the last two goals and steal a 4-3 victory.
The disappointing result was a surprising turnaround after the team opened the game at Hume Reserve in such promising style.
“For 70 minutes we played really good football and outplayed the opposition, Corio really only had a couple of lucky goals,” coach Dave Latham said.
“But the last 20 minutes we lost our shape and our discipline and concentration seemed to go out the window,” he said.
Young strikers Michael Barclay and Hughe Menzies kicked their first goals for the season to open up a 2-1 lead at half time in the absence of regular scorers Jayden Tebble, soreness, and Denis Yardin and Peter Reidy, who were unavailable.
Colac Otway skipper Merin Trebilcock added the team’s third goal to steal back the lead after Corio equalised early in the second half, and took the Rovers’ total to three – their biggest haul since their opening round victory.
Latham said the team’s goal-kicking ability had been impressive, using space on the wings and crossing into the box.
“We had a couple of new goal-scorers again – there were plenty of positives but we were pretty disappointed to let that one go,” he said.
The Rovers’ final blow came when Knight copped a knock to the knee in an awkward challenge and had to be stretchered from the field.
Latham said Knight would see physios this week but he expected to lose the midfielder for a handful of matches.