Cats can’t catch Eagles
Finley hosted top of the table Echuca United on Saturday and were left in their wake to the tune of 28 points.
Echuca was the better side for most of the game and a five-goal second term proved the difference in the round six Murray Football League clash.
Scores, 14.6 (90) to Finley 9.8 (62).
The first quarter saw Finley kicking with the wind. The Cats started slowly and Echuca put the first two goals on the board.
This seemed to snap Finley into gear and through the efforts of Jeremy Congram, Joel Richardson and Tom Doyle the Cats kicked the next three goals to go into the first break with a slender seven-point lead.
During the second quarter Finley was able to stay with Echuca until the half way mark of the term.
Echuca then piled on five unanswered goals through the efforts of Duane Hueston, Rowan Priest, Liam Guinan and Ryan Prendergast.
Finley’s Robb Jewell, Michael Littlejohn, Marcus Jackson and Reid Crowe were doing their best to contain their opponents, however the Cats couldn’t stop the run of Echuca. The Eagles went in to the main break with an 18-point advantage.
The third term turned in to an arm wrestle.
Echuca extended their lead slightly without putting Finley away. The Cats had their chances to stay in touch but couldn’t put the score on the board.
Finley’s defenders were doing their upmost to stay in the contest, however their midfield and forwards could get on top of their opponents. Echuca entered the last change with a 28-point lead.
The final quarter was Finley’s best and, although they weren’t able to bridge the gap, they didn’t allow Echuca to blow the game apart.
And for a fleeting moment the Cats looked as though they might get themselves in to a position where they might be able to challenge.
Enter Eagles star Rowan Priest. A brilliant individual effort from the onballer - where he ran from half back through the middle of the ground kicking a goal from 50 metres out - snuffed any hope Finley had.
Reid Crowe went forward and his defensive work and attack on the ball was a feature as he tried to spark his side.
Crowe, Matt Jackson, James Kennedy and Robb Jewell tried hard but couldn’t get their side back in to the contest.
Echuca maintained their advantage of 28 points.
The reserves put in their best effort thus far. The scoreboard says they were beaten by 55 points, however their endeavour was much better than that.
Nick Robertson, Brock Gray and Joel Bunce were Finley’s better four-quarter players. Nick Lyons, Brenton Fleming and Noel Gallagher also contributed to the effort.