IF Oak Flats Falcons FC first grade were hoping to upset Warilla Wanderers on Saturday, they were rudely brought back to earth, losing 5-1.
The Wanderers were far too good, scoring three goals in the first half and two in the second.
The Falcons started in the first 20 minutes like a house on fire, leading 1-0 with a great shot low into the net by youth grader Sam Markoulis.
Misery hit the home side when defender Liam Gallo was sent off in the 21st minute for an alleged hand ball in the penalty area.
The Falcons lost composure and were struggling from then on.
Warilla started to find their strikes and equalised shortly after the send-off and scored two more before half-time.
Despite Warilla's dominance in the second term the Falcons tried hard, never giving up and consequently exposing the Warilla defence.
Coach Michel Garcia promoted three youth graders to first grade to fill the gaps left by the boys visiting Brazil for the World Cup who should be back this week and start training again.
Next Saturday the Falcons meet Kemblawarra away and have to regroup to find form again.
Youth grade had to battle without three key players, but worked hard despite losing 2-1, with Logan Gibb scoring.
Reserve grade lost 2-1 with Chris Murdzevski scoring late in the second half.