BURNIE'S City Marians took 75 minutes to beat the Smithton Saints and halt their fairytale finish to the Greater Northern Hockey league season.
The Saints defence of keeper Jason Lynch and fullbacks Joe Coombs and Nick Stokes were under pressure from the opening whistle, with the Bloods attackers swarming in force.
Clinton Upchurch, Liam Grundy and Matt Cameron were settling around the circle accepting balls from Dave Townsend and Craig McCarthy.
Vintage keeping by Jason Lynch kept the Bloods at bay for the 20-minute onslaught.
The Saints settled to the game, making opportunities and attacking the Bloods circle against the trend of play.
The defences of both sides stood resolute as the final minutes of the half ticked away, the Saints made another foray into the Bloods' circle finding the foot of a defender, and the ensuing short corner was played out after the siren with Anthony Lockett crumbling to beat keeper Kayden Dick.
The intensity of the game increased from the outset of the second half, with the Bloods' Clinton Upchurch levelling the ledger just three minutes in.
The match turned to a physical battle on all fronts, with no quarter asked and none given.
Kris Birtwhistle broke the deadlock at the 15-minute mark of the half, giving the Saints the lead with a clear shot from the top of the circle.
Neither team was able to gain control of the ball, with unforced errors across the board making the game frustrating for all.
As the clock ticked down, the Bloods were awarded a penalty corner that Dave Kenworthy made short work of, levelling the scores again and forcing the teams to extra time.
The teams attacked the extra time with renewed vigour, with both teams penetrating the circles with misses for both.
The Bloods' Liam Grundy found space and support against the flow of play and keeper Lynch at home for the Saints to post the match-winner five minutes into the extra time.