Bridgetown sneak home

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

DE­SPITE giv­ing their best per­for­mance on Manjimup Oval for some time, the Bridgetown Bull­dogs fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of a vic­tory against Im­pe­ri­als on Sun­day in round 9 of the Lower South West Foot­ball League.

In wet windy con­di­tions, the un­der­manned Bull­dogs looked on-track for a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion, how­ever a costly de­fen­sive er­ror in the dy­ing sec­onds handed Im­pe­ri­als mas­ter for­ward Chris Franklin a chance to lead his side to vic­tory and in his nor­mal cool man­ner, the silky goal-sneak de­liv­ered with aplomb guid­ing the ball through the mid­dle for a two-point win 6.19 (55) to 8.5 (53).

The Mag­pies con­trolled the mid­field with pre­ci­sion in the early stages as Austin Styles, Daniel Mcgin­lay and Ryan King dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings. The only neg­a­tive for the home side was they could not find goals, pro­duc­ing a waste­ful seven-point re­turn.

The Bull­dogs were clearly strug­gling in the ruck, how­ever makeshift fol­lower Dy­lan McKay evened the ruck­ing du­els, al­low­ing his side to run for­ward to post much-needed scores.

Jor­dan Jupp, Jack Whar­ton and Mor­gan Price be­came more prom­i­nent and when Rod Jetta landed a late goal, the vis­i­tors had clawed their way back into the con­test.

The Mag­pies con­tin­ued to be waste­ful up for­ward, how­ever Mitch Daube, Styles, Mcgin­lay and Jack Arm­strong held firm.

With some tenac­ity the Bull­dogs fired up in the third term, pro­duc­ing an in­spi­ra­tional brand of wet weather foot­ball to com­pletely take charge with five unan­swered goals to have the Mag­pies on the ropes.

In a rip­ping fi­nal term the Mag­pies con­stantly at­tacked only to reg­is­ter a run of points, how­ever, de­spite the gutsy Bull­dog dis­play, the Mag­pies’ Franklin stood tall to slot the win­ning goal to end a sen­sa­tional game of foot­ball.

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