The Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side have notched up their first win of the season after a strong and determined 24-16 victory over the Newcastle Knights at Dudley Oval on Sunday 28 April in Round Seven of their competition.
Heading into the clash searching for their first points of the season, the young Blue & Gold found themselves on the back foot early and trailing on the score board after tries to Matt Croker and Justin Worley down their right edge saw the home side take an early 10-0 lead on the scoreboard after the opening fifteen minutes.
The Eels however rallied late in the first half and put their first points on the board when forward Jesse Cronin spun and crashed his way over for an unconverted try off a pass from Kyle Schneider close to the line just four minutes from half time, seeing the Blue & Gold trail 10-6 after the first half.
Interchange forward Dallas King gave the Eels their first lead of the game when he scored under the posts in the 38th minute of the clash, diving on grubber from Joey Taipari that hit the posts.
Taipari linked up with Cronin to set up the Eels next try in the fifty third minute, putting forward Cronin through a hole back on the inside who then kicked ahead for half Bailey Biondo-Odo to win the race to the ball and score to extend the score to 24-10.
The Knights crossed through Jack Cameron in the 63rd minute when he crashed over underneath the posts, setting the home side up for a potential come back.
But despite the Knights best efforts in the final ten, the Eels defence held strong and with no more points scored, the Blue & Gold came away eight point victors, winning 24-16.
Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg 24 (Tries: Jesse Cronin, Dallas King, Bailey Biondo-Odo, Tasi Matautu; Goals: Kyle Schneider 4/4)
Newcastle Knights Jersey Flegg 16 (Tries: Matt Croker, Justin Worley, Jack Cameron; Goals: Bayden Searle (2))
The victory now sees the Eels move into 11th on the ladder heading into their Round Eight clash against the third placed Dragons at McCredie Park on Saturday 4 May.