Lions crush fi­nals hopes

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

Mul­wala sur­vived a spir­ited fight­back from Fin­ley to record an im­por­tant sev­en­point away win on Satur­day.

The Cats, play­ing host to the Mur­ray Football League lead­ers, knew a win was needed to keep them in touch with the top six.

But now the fi­nals hopes of the Cats look to be dead and buried for this sea­son.

Fin­ley is three games be­hind and boasts an in­fe­rior per­cent­age to sixth-placed Rum­balara with four reg­u­lar sea­son matches re­main­ing.

Fi­nal score: Mul­wala 13.12 (90) def. Fin­ley 13.5 (83).

The Lions kicked the first goal and Matt Jack­son quickly replied with one for the Cats.

Frazer Hawkins, play­ing his first se­nior game, gave his on ballers first use of the ball and Reid Crowe, Ned Mor­ri­son and Tim McKen­zie ben­e­fited.

Only two points sep­a­rated the two sides at quar­ter time and the stage was set for an en­thralling bat­tle.

The sec­ond term saw Mul­wala stretch its lead, and if not for some very good de­fen­sive work from Tim and Will Robert­son, the game would have been over.

The Lions had in­creased their lead to 19 points at the half-time break, but goals to Cam Robert­son, Shaun Kable and Har­ley Mid­dle­ton saw the Cats right back in the con­test.

The fi­nal stanza saw Fin­ley claw to within a goal of the viso­tors.

How­ever, a cou­ple of in­ac­cu­rate shots on goal from the home side re­sulted in a steady­ing goal to Mul­wala which the game be­yond reach.

Best play­ers for Fin­ley were Tim Robert­son, Ned Mor­ri­son, Tim Mcken­zie, Reid Crowe, Har­ley Mid­dle­ton and Frazer Hawkins.

Har­ley Mid­dle­ton takes a strong mark. Photo cour­tesy Terri-Lea An­der­son.

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