Fal­cons pull off up­set win with late surge in top ver­sus bot­tom clash

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The bot­tom-placed Kar­ratha Fal­cons have pulled off a re­mark­able vic­tory, beat­ing the all­con­quer­ing South Hed­land Swans by two points, their se­cond de­feat of the sea­son.

In a game which had spec­ta­tors’ nails all but bit­ten off, the lead changed con­sis­tently as no side held the run of play for long.

The Fal­cons went into the first break up by two-points but the Swans looked to have the game head­ing on a more pre­dictable tack by half-time, head­ing into the sheds ahead 5.6 (36) to 4.4 (28).

Com­ing off the highs of the pre­vi­ous week the Fal­cons had a new-found con­fi­dence and weren’t go­ing to let the lad­der lead­ers dic­tate play.

Vic­tor Bel­lotti bagged three goals while Dy­lan Foster-Reed and Jesse Maio­rana each gained a dou­ble.

There were only two goals in it go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter and the Fal­cons rose to the oc­ca­sion.

They dom­i­nated mid­field play in the fi­nal term and pre­vented the Swans from get­ting too many scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Two more goals and three be­hinds were enough to see the Fal­cons fin­ish the up­set, win­ning 9.12 (66) to 9.10 (64).

The Fal­cons re­serves made a much eas­ier game of it, de­feat­ing the Swans 16.15 (111) to 6.10 (46).

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