Lions hold on as Dons fin­ish fast

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Dar­rel Cock­ram

A FREE kick with 15 sec­onds left on the clock al­lowed Bray­den Pren­tice to kick the Lions’ only goal of the fi­nal quar­ter but it stopped the Dons steal­ing the four points in a dra­matic fin­ish to the game, win­ning 10.8 (68) to 9.11 (65).

The Lions had the mea­sure of the Dons for three and a half quar­ters with the Dons con­tribut­ing to their demise with poor dis­posal and un­sure ball han­dling and de­ci­sion mak­ing.

The Lions led by four goals at half­time with for­mer Docker Jesse Crich­ton hav­ing an early in­flu­ence and for­mer Clare­mont ruck­man Mitch An­drews more ef­fec­tive as the game wore on.

Jor­dan Sell, Crich­ton and Pren­tice all goaled in the first quar­ter to just the one re­ply from the Dons from Jace Cor­mack, but it looked like a poor re­turn for the pos­ses­sions they had.

There was plenty of pres­sure ap­plied in the sec­ond term with both sides strug­gling to score un­til Chris Buchanan booted two goals in a minute mid­way through the term.

Kristin Thorn­ton popped up in time on with two ma­jors to put the home team 26 points up at half time.

Goals to Matt Fen­wick and An­drews in­creased the lead to 38 points and the game looked des­tined to end in a com­fort­able win for the young Lions.

Eight min­utes into the fi­nal quar­ter, Dion Parker kicked his sec­ond goal and all of a sud­den, the Dons were get­ting the ball out of the cen­tre, win­ning the loose ball and hit­ting tar­gets.

Goals came at the 12, 14 and 17minute marks when Brent Eades in­spired his team mates with a goal from out­side 50.

For­mer Ea­ton Boomer Tyler Pat­ter­son drib­bled one through for the Dons to take the lead with three min­utes left.

The Dons did well to force a num­ber of ball-ups, but an er­ror on the wing al­lowed the Lions to go for­ward and pres­sure aplenty saw the de­ci­sive free awarded 15m out.

Kristin Thorn­ton was in good touch for the Lions.

Pic­tures: Mitchell Wood­cock

Lions co-cap­tain Jor­dan Sell, looks ahead for a team­mate.

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