Maitland FC had a day to forget blowing a 2-0 lead just before half-time and having two players red-carded in a 2-all draw with Adamstown Rosebud.
Chris Fayers was sent off with a straight red in the 71st minute and Ryan Clarke and Adamstown keeper Benn Kelly were both red-carded in the 80th minute of the game in which Maitland received seven yellow cards.
Both Fayers and Clarke face suspensions and will miss at least next week’s game against Valentine.
Matt Comerford got Maitland off to a flyer opening the scoring in the fourth minute with a diving header. He doubled the lead in the 21st minute.
Adamstown reduced the margin in 45th minute when Ben Higgins converted a penalty. Their second was another penalty taken by Robbie Turnbull in the 62nd.
Maitland had the chance to jump to third with Weston holding Lambton Jaffas to a draw and closing the gap on Broadmeadow and Edgeworth who had a 0-all draw.