PORT Augusta United left Whyalla bitterly disappointed last weekend after suffering a 5-2 loss to Wanderers.
United started the game well, with Shane Coghlan playing a clever through ball to Joel Riding who put the local side on the board early.
United contineued to dominate play, but Wanderers found a way back into the game through Glenn Kirkwood.
A well-taken header following a free kick saw Wanderers level, before Kirkwood beat the offside trap to put Wanderers up 2-1 at the half.
Port Augusta found their early form after the break, again controlling proceedings and goal chances.
The leveller came after Riding was fouled on the edge of the box, with Todd Scott taking the free.
Port Augusta had its tail up, and many would have expected United to power onto victory.
But Port Augusta’s nemesis in Kirkwood would again pop up to destroy any hopes of United reaching the cup final.
After two Port players miss-communicated a clearance, Kirkwood would see nothing but clean air between himself and goals to put Wanderers back in the ascendancy.
After battling so hard to get things back on level terms, the goal was a hammer blow to Port Augusta’s confidence, with Wanderers powering on to score two more and booking themselves a sport in Saturday’s cup final.