Young's under-17s have slipped from top spot on Group Nine's Sullivan Cup ladder following Sunday's 22-12 loss to Wagga Brothers.
The Cherrypickers juniors were aiming for an improved performance against Wagga Brothers after being held to a draw against the Tigers at Gundagai the previous week.
Despite Young leading 12-10 during the second-half, Brothers managed to skip to a 22-12 victory thanks to late tries while the Pickers had a player sent for 10 minutes in the bin.
"A disappointing result. We were out-enthused for most of the game and didn't keep our cool in key moments. However a positive to take away is that we didn't play anywhere near our potential and still weren't far off in a top of the table game," under-17s coach Tom Bush said.
Young's Harry Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with some nice footwork, and Ben Baker crossed under the posts from dummy-half in the second period.
Young's players' player went to Mitch Prest.
The second-placed Cherrypickers turn their focus to this Sunday's game against Temora at Nixon Park.
Young's league tag side were kept scoreless by Wagga Brothers on Sunday as their six game unbeaten run came to a crushing end.
The Cherrypickers conceded 30 points while failing to trouble to scorers in the round 12 clash at Alfred Oval.
"Brothers are a good side and we expected them to come firing," coach Saul Lealaitafea said.
Anna Hall and Ashley Carroll were the best in a losing side. The result leaves Young in third place as they prepare to face ladder leaders Temora on Sunday.