Fal­cons take it up to res­o­lute Dogs

SCHLOITHE GETS SOUTH OVER LINE

Joondalup Times - - WAFL -

WEST Perth turned around its poor form af­ter a big loss to East Perth but fell just short of vic­tory in an en­ter­tain­ing WAFL match against South Fre­man­tle on Sun­day.

Both teams were com­ing off near 10-goal de­feats and their in­tent to make amends for those per­for­mances was ap­par­ent in their will for the con­test at HBF Arena.

The lead wa­vered through­out the match, but it was the vis­i­tors who took the as­cen­dancy at the game’s most cru­cial stage in a 15.6 (96) to 13.10 (88) vic­tory.

The Fal­cons were one point down late in the fi­nal quar­ter and had the ball locked in at­tack but a res­o­lute Bull­dogs de­fence pre­vented the hosts mus­ter­ing a score.

West Perth then con­ceded a poorly timed 50m penalty, which moved South Fre­man­tle into its for­ward half, where the ball re­mained un­til the siren.

Reign­ing San­dover medal­list Hay­den Schloithe (28 dis­pos­als) kicked his fourth goal in the dy­ing sec­onds to make it an eight-point mar­gin.

The Fal­cons held a four-goal lead at quar­ter-time but South Fre­man­tle pegged it back within 10 min­utes of the sec­ond term and the game was an arm wres­tle from then on.

West Perth mid­fielder Shane Nel­son took a match-high 41 touches, while Tyler Kei­tel kicked three goals. The loss dropped the Fal­cons to sev­enth ahead of their clash against Swan Dis­tricts (sec­ond) at Steel Blue Oval on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Dan White

Tyler Kei­tel kicked three goals for West Perth.

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