An inspirational left foot checkside from the pocket by Longwarry’s Riley Rundell helped give the Crows the lift they needed to overcome reigning premier Nyora by just two-points, 10-7 (67) to 9-11 (65).
While the Crows hit the front late in the third term with a long goal, Nyora kicked the first two goals of the final term to re-establish the narrow buffer it had enjoyed for much of the contest.
A diving mark on the lead and conversion from Ben Schultz was followed by the Saints finding a player in space to run into an open goal, as the visitor pushed the margin out to 14-points.
While the Saints were starting to get back on top, they missed the next three opportunities to ice the match, including a poster.
Enter Rundell, whose goal of the year contender at the 15 minute mark gave the Crows a real lift.