OUT OF REACH: Matthew Patroni clings onto the ball for the Saints in Chinchilla.
OUT OF REACH: Matthew Patroni clings onto the ball for the Saints in Chinchilla. Kate McCormack

GALLERY: Saints scorched in dying moments

JUST a minute remained on the clock, and the South Burnett Saints looked set to score their second win of the AFL Darling Downs season under lights in Chinchilla.

But the Suns turned up the heat.

In the dying seconds of the match, a long-range kick ensured the Suns would score the winning goal and claim victory 11.6.72 to 10.11.71.

Saints president Andrew Foley said it was a controversial goal before the siren, but the South Burnett players could hold their heads high for showing fight right up until full-time.

"You get close games and sometimes you win them and sometimes you don't,” Foley said.

"The positives are that they fought the game out strongly and played with passion.”

The Saints were dealt a blow before they arrived in Chinchilla as three players were unavailable due to illness, and Foley said that was the difference in the end.

Foley credited the performance of 16-year-old Queensland representative James Packer, and Abe Cox who broke a couple of ribs in his debut game in red, white and black.

The AFL Darling Downs competition has a division-wide bye this weekend before Saints turn their attention to taking on the University Cougars on July 13.