Bloods beaten in fi­nal min­utes

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Blighty pulled off a stun­ning come­back at home to de­feat Tocumwal by three points in the Pi­cola & District Foot­ball League on Satur­day.

The Redeyes kicked five goals in about as many min­utes to steal vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat.

Blighty skip­per Sam Sin­gle­ton kick-started the late charge with a freak­ish snap from the bound­ary un­der heavy pres­sure.

It then came down to Beau Close who was awarded a free kick for hold­ing the ball after a des­per­ate tackle in the for­ward 50m in a fre­netic fi­nal minute.

Close kept his cool, send­ing through his third goal and pinch­ing vic­tory from the Bloods.

This was the Redeyes’ sec­ond big scalp in as many weeks after up­set­ting the Deni Rovers at home and was their third con­sec­u­tive win.

Fi­nal score, Blighty 15.9 (99) to Tocumwal 13.18 (96).

The win gives fifth-placed Blighty a two game buf­fer on Tocumwal on the PDFL’s north­west divi­sion lad­der.

Tocumwal got the jump on the home side with early goals to Keith Baron, Dy­lan Flana­gan and coach Sean Lo­gie to lead by 25 points at the first break.

The Bloods had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­tend their lead but were un­able to cap­i­talise.

‘‘We missed a fair few op­por­tu­ni­ties our­selves,’’ Blighty as­sis­tant coach Jack Tyn­dall said.

‘‘It was great to see that we didn’t give up and fought it out un­til the fi­nal siren.

‘‘The fi­nal five min­utes or so of the game was just in­sane, es­pe­cially when Sam (Sin­gle­ton) kicked that spe­cial goal.

‘‘Peersy (Josh Peers) found the ball up for­ward and kicked an­other one to cap off his great game in the mid­dle, then Robbo (Brad Rob­son) got an­other quick goal to give us some hope.

‘‘When Nap­pies (Brett Napier) put his goal through to bring us within three points there was a real be­lief around the ground.

‘‘We couldn’t of had the ball in bet­ter hands when Beau was given the free kick . . . I just knew that he would kick it.’’

Peers and Sin­gle­ton proved the dif­fer­ence for the Redeyes again this week giv­ing plenty of drive for­ward from the mid­dle as they have been do­ing all sea­son.

Jack Bun­nett played his best game this year down back for the Redeyes.

‘‘Jack would’ve had over 30 touches and set up a lot of play from our de­fen­sive end,’’ Tyn­dall said.

‘‘Drew (Plat­t­fuss) didn’t get beaten all day in the ruck and his pres­sure was re­ally im­pres­sive. He moves so well for some­one his size.

‘‘Baron was re­ally good for Tocumwal at cen­tre half-for­ward and we strug­gled to stem the in­flu­ence of Lo­gie, who was ev­ery­where.

‘‘It was fi­nals like footy, so to come away with the win was huge for us and our sea­son.’’

Blighty young­ster Darcy Mor­ris brushes off an op­po­nent after gath­er­ing the ball on the wing.

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