Cats can’t catch Ea­gles

Southern Riverina news - - Sports -

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.

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