Fal­cons dig deep to stun Rovers in come-from-behind win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Af­ter eight rounds of heartache the Kar­ratha Fal­cons’ hard work fi­nally paid off with their first win of the sea­son in round 9, in a come-from-behind ef­fort against Port Hed­land Rovers in which they stormed home by just two points.

The Satur­day game at the Fal­cons’ Bul­garra Oval home ground was a match-up be­tween the two sides at the bot­tom of the league ta­ble and started off evenly in the first quar­ter.

Rovers got the jump in the sec­ond quar­ter, how­ever, scor­ing 5.7 for the term, while the Fal­cons went quiet and only man­aged one point.

But in a valiant third-quar­ter ef­fort by Kar­ratha, they fo­cused and dug deep to change the mo­men­tum of the game.

In a sur­prise turn­around, they scored six goals, and in get­ting up to 7.4 (46) to Port Hed­land’s 8.8 (56) by the break, ma­noeu­vred to be within strik­ing dis­tance go­ing into the last term.

The Fal­cons had fallen short from sim­i­larly close mar­gins sev­eral times this sea­son, but this time they con­verted when it counted.

They booted another 4.1 to get over the line by a whisker-thin two points with a fi­nal score of 11.5 (71) to Rovers’ 10.9 (69).

De­spite the win, the Fal­cons re­main on the bot­tom of the league lad­der for the time be­ing, just be­low Port Hed­land ,who have two wins and seven losses.

The Rovers re­serves had a far worse day than their league coun­ter­parts, how­ever, go­ing down 17.21 (123) to 2.1 (13). The Fal­cons kicked away early on, gain­ing mo­men­tum as they went, and af­ter scor­ing one goal in each of the first two quar­ters, the Rovers were held goal­less through­out the last half.

Justin Fromm scored four and Shaun Sul­li­van and Dean Lom­bardo three each for Kar­ratha, while Jay­den Olive was the Rovers’ sole goal kicker.

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