Mindil came from 2-1 down to keep their FFA Cup campaign alive at Darwin Football Stadium last night, with two late strikes from Charles Eriku knocking Casuarina out of the competition.
The Aces 4-2 win looked unlikely at the orange break when they found themselves a goal down, but Casuarina let them back into the contest with a defensive error in the 67th minute.
Thinking the ball had trickled past the byline, the Rowdies completely stopped. It allowed Fabien Fontaine to latch onto the ball and cut it back to striker Priit Proos in the centre of the penalty area, who finished clinically for his second of the match.
It lifted Mindil’s spirits and from that point they were destined for victory, with Eriku stepping up. Firstly in the 79th minute after he put away a cross at the back post, then in the 87th following a counter-attack when Casuarina lost the ball pushing for an equaliser.
The Rowdies had netted the first goal of the match in the 9th minute after Mindil ‘keeper Blayne Oglesby miscued a goalkick, which landed at the feet of Zelio Casimiro.
The Casuarina captain controlled the ball before pushing forward into the 18-yard box and putting Luis Rodrigues in on goal.
The young striker made no mistake with his finish, toeing it past the outstretched leg of Oglesby.
Mindil levelled in the 25th minute after referee Jacob Betros spotted a push in the back in Casuarina’s box.
A penalty was subsequently awarded and Proos made no mistake, punishing the ball into the bottom left corner past the glove of Rowdies goalkeeper Manoli Simeon.
However parity didn’t last long, with Rodrigues bagging his second only eight minutes later.
The number nine’s persistent pressure on the Mindil defence took its toll. They were forced into an error that the poacher took advantage of right in front of goal.
Mindil 4 (Eriku 79' 87', Proos 25' 67')Casuarina (Rodrigues 11' 33')