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Baira magic saves Eagles

Raymond Baira gave Goodna a late lead against Eastern Cobras on Saturday night.
Raymond Baira gave Goodna a late lead against Eastern Cobras on Saturday night. David Nielsen

INDIVIDUAL brilliance from Raymond Baira helped salvage a win for Goodna over a fast-finishing Eastern Cobras at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve on Saturday night.

Baira scooted from dummy half, straightened and broke the lines to run 50m and restore the visitors' lead with four minutes to play.

The Eagles raced out of the blocks to lead 12-0 after 10 minutes, but half Corey Kirk said his team went away from what was working and let the Cobras back into the contest.

"We got a bit too fancy I think, we tried to score on every play and that created errors and let the Cobras back in,” Kirk said.

Kirk dislocated his finger at some point in the first 40 minutes and chose to sit out the second half. With the Eagles' playmaker on the pine, Cobras found a new gear.

"I could have stayed on and directed the team around, but I couldn't tackle, I had no grip strength,” Kirk said, still in pain yesterday morning. "I was a liability defensively. (Cobras) were smart, their big boys were coming at me all night.”

Goodna coach Laurie Campbell labelled Cobras "the real deal”.

"They had us on toast at the end there,” the coach said.

RLI Round 10: Goodna Eagles 28 def. Eastern Cobras 26 at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve.

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