Cats con­quer Ea­gles

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

An­other strong all-round per­for­mance has pro­pelled the Fin­ley thirds into the sec­ond week of Mur­ray League fi­nals.

A com­pre­hen­sive 36-point vic­tory over Echuca United at Mul­wala on Satur­day has set up a sud­den death meet­ing this Sun­day against Congupna, who up­set Deni in last Sun­day’s other elim­i­na­tion final.

Burst­ing out of the blocks and reg­is­ter­ing four quick goals proved to be in­valu­able in Satur­day’s con­test as Echuca United were forced to play catch-up footy.

With Fin­ley’s Matthew Wil­son and Zec Cup­pins re­ceiv­ing close at­ten­tion, play­ers such as Tay­lor Klein­schmidt, Liam Os­borne and Ben Ash­ley-Cooper were af­forded greater lat­i­tude and re­sponded with dom­i­nant con­tri­bu­tions.

Wy­att Gray con­tin­ued his in­spi­ra­tional run of form and he teamed beau­ti­fully with his fel­low de­fend­ers to en­able key for­wards Dun­can Clarke and Dy­lan Si­braa to slot seven goals be­tween them for the Cats.

It was again a solid team per­for­mance from Fin­ley with dif­fer­ent play­ers step­ping up at vi­tal times to cover for oth­ers.

The Fin­ley coach has the lux­ury of a full list to choose from with the only in­jury con­cerns be­ing on­baller Dan O’Bryan and cap­tain Matthew Wil­son but both are ex­pected to get up for Sun­day’s final.

Congupna will present a com­pletely dif­fer­ent chal­lenge this week­end and the Fin­ley play­ing group will be hop­ing to cap­i­talise on their cur­rent form and con­tinue the march to this year’s grand final.

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