Mansfield Courier

Magpies clip Eagles’ wings

- By SHAUN McMAHON

A BEAUTIFUL day for footy last Saturday was spoiled only by the result, as the Eagles went down to the Euroa Magpies in a game that showed positive signs for the boys, but was ultimately won by the team who made fewer errors.

Goals in the first term from Ben Christophe­r, Will Foster and Harry Mahoney saw an even contest at quarter time.

The tide changed in the second quarter as the Pies pulled away amidst a single goal from Brett Mahoney.

“In the second quarter they got onto a few, and we were about 25 points down at halftime,” said coach Chad Owen.

“We kicked the first two of the third and had some good momentum, but made some really simple errors after that which shifted things back the other way for the rest of the game.”

Dual scoring from both Christophe­r and Kyle Emery wasn’t enough to swing things the Eagles way, and the Pies maintained a 30 point lead heading into the final term.

“Statistica­lly it was actually level apart from the scoreboard, we just let ourselves down in a few areas,” Owen added.

“Our ball handling errors killed us and our skills by foot just weren’t good enough.

“Twenty seven times by foot we kicked the ball directly to the opposition, so it didn’t help when we were trying to keep the momentum but kept giving the ball back to them.”

A single goal by Luke Murray wasn’t enough in the fourth and final, and Euroa pulled away to victory by a margin of seven goals.

“They made fewer errors and they ran better than us,” Owen said.

“Structural­ly we weren’t great, and that’s why we weren’t able to defend because we just weren’t set up properly.”

But it wasn’t all bad news for the Eagles.

“We’re not walking away thinking we were horrible, which sounds strange when you lose by seven goals,” said Owen.

“We had a lot of opportunit­ies to win the game, we just didn’t take them, but there were some good signs.

“Sam Morrow was best on ground in his first senior game, and Luke Murray kicked a goal in his first senior game.

“Billy Chiller and Tas Clingan down back were really strong, and Kyle Emery and Benny Christophe­r up forward were really good.

“We just got beaten by the better team on the day.”

The loss sees the Eagles slip to eighth on the ladder, but still in the finals hunt, as they regroup quickly before heading off to take on fifth place Rochester next weekend.

Mansfield Eagles def by Euroa Magpies 9.12 - 66 to 17.7 - 109

Goal Kickers: B. Christophe­r 3, L. Murray, K. Emery, B. Mahoney, T. Dunstan, W. Foster, H. Mahoney

Best Players: S. Morrow, B. Christophe­r, T. Clingan, W. Chiller, H. Mahoney, K. Emery

 ?? PHOTO: Sandra Lee Photograph­y ?? ON THE BALL: Lachy Christophe­r on the ball against Euroa on the weekend.
PHOTO: Sandra Lee Photograph­y ON THE BALL: Lachy Christophe­r on the ball against Euroa on the weekend.
 ?? PHOTO: Sandra Lee Photograph­y ?? POSITIVE SIGNS: Tas Clingan was strong down back.
PHOTO: Sandra Lee Photograph­y POSITIVE SIGNS: Tas Clingan was strong down back.

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