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LAST month, the Bay Tigers under 18s looked a demoralised outfit when they went down by a whopping 70 points to the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles.On Saturday night, they looked like a team ready to take on anyone after Joel Pietch’s last-minute field goal secured a dramatic 25-24 win over the same opponents.The young halfback’s heroics sealed back-to-back wins for the Bay and what is arguably the biggest upset of the Group 7 season so far.“I was totally surprised,” Tigers under 18s coach Shaun Creswell said.“We played (the Eagles) three weeks ago and they put us to the cleaners 80-10 so it was a massive turnaround.”The visitors opened the scoring early on at Mackay Park on Saturday before the Tigers hit back in the 17th minute through Nick Broad-McGregor.Pietch kick started his brilliant afternoon with a simple conversion for 6-all.The Tigers hit the front just three minutes later after some more fine work from the star halfback.Pietch broke the Eagles’ defensive line and sprinted clear but was eventually pulled down by Jordan Harty.However, Bay dummy half Mathew Temple made the most of the broken play to put winger Ronnie Brown into space and he made no mistake by touching down out wide.Pietch was again on target from the kicking tee for 12-6, an advantage the Tigers took into half-time.The Tigers let their guard down early in the second half and the Eagles took full advantage when first Brock Skelly strolled under the posts before Kurt Holloway and Josh Sainsbury added converted tries all in the space of five minutes.But that would be the last time the Eagles registered points as the Bay launched an audacious comeback.Alex O’Connell got the ball rolling when he crossed after Dillion Johnston’s neat flick pass before two late tries from centre Sean Connell levelled the scores with less than a minute to play.However, that was all the time Pietch needed to slot a field goal and send the home fans into raptures.“Everyone was thrilled (with the win) and I’ve let them know that if that’s the effort they put in, the results will come,” Creswell said.First grade scoreboard:ALBION PARK-OAK FLATS EAGLES 30 (D Sartori 3, Derek Gray, Matthew Stone tries; M Carroll 5 goals) defeated BATEMANS BAY TIGERS 18 (N Wood, A McCann, A Stone, M Hensley tries; Wood goal).Under 18s scoreboard:BATEMANS BAY TIGERS 25 (S Connell 2, A O’Connell, N Broad-McGregor tries, J Pietch 4 goals, Pietch field goal) defeated ALBION PARK-OAK FLATS EAGLES 24 (B Skelly 2, K Holloway, J Sainsbury tries; Skelly 4 goals).This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.