Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Close call for Finley Cats

For the third week in a row the Cats survived their Murray Football League match by less than two goals, making it four wins from as many starts.

May 7, 2014 3:40am

Doug McLean takes a strong grab while teammate Rowan Smith watches on.

Saturday’s Murray Football League clash between Finley and Congupna was billed as a close encounter and it lived up to all expectations.

Finley started well at The Road’s home ground, however throughout the game the home side work itself into the contest leading for most of the second half until a late goal to Levi Middleton saw the Cats steal victory to the tune of two points.

It was Finley’s fourth win of the year and its third by less than two goals.

Final score: Finley 10.9 (69) def. Congupna 10.7 (67).

The first quarter saw the Cats start well, kicking four goals to Congupna’s one, with Doug McLean booting two majors and providing a target across half-forward.

Reid Crowe, James Kennedy (four goals) and Ben McKie were giving Finley drive through the middle of the ground which resulted in the Cats leading by 16 point at the first break.

The second term saw the game even up a bit.

Congupna was getting players behind the ball and this allowed them to restrict Finley’s scoring.

The Roads’ Daniel Bowles, Jack Ellis and Sam Ferguson were providing their side with a lot of drive and this saw them only a point down at the main break.

The third term saw The Road continue to come hard at the Cats, with Regan Sheehan and Ben Hicks having an influence on the contest, while Mitch Sidebottom and Ellis were proving a challenge for the Finley defence.

Congupna held a nine-point advantage going into the last term, but Finley remained in touch through the efforts of Chris Harkins, Nick Robertson and Jordan Daniel.

During the last term both sides intensity was second to none.

Their attack on the ball saw a lot of stoppages and contested possessions, and Crowe, Oli Ford, Ned Morrison and McLean all stood tall.

Congunpa led the contest deep into time-on but it was Finley’s contested ball-winning ability that saw it hit the lead, thanks to Middleton’s game-saving goal.

The Cats are on the road to play an embattled Cobram unit this Saturday.

Awards: Finley Bowling Club - James Kennedy; RS Club - Reid Crowe; Golf Club - Doug McLean; Winner’s Club - Mikka Littlejohn, Chris Harkins.

Finley reserves suffered a 10.10 (70) to 5.10 (40) defeat to Congupna.

Despite trailing by just one goal at half-time and two goals at three-quarter time, the Cats were unable to register a major in the final term and the deficit blew out to five goals.

Nathan Fisher was solid in the forward half, finishing with three of Finley’s five goals, while Dallas Gowans was named the Cats’ best.

Jesse McDonald, Nicholas Lyons and Jeremy Robertson also battled hard.

For The Road, Joel Costa, Paul Simpson and Tim Zak (two goals) were the best.

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