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Finley mows down Magpies

The Cats are flying high at the top of the Murray Football League ladder after a come-from-behind win against Moama on Saturday.

June 25, 2014 3:00am

Finley’s Cameron Robertson kicks under pressure from Taylor Beard. Photo: Riv Herald.

Finley further established itself as one of the premier teams in the Murray Football League on Saturday when it defeated Moama by 19 points to hit the top of the ladder.

In a game of two halves, Moama held sway in the first two quarters before the visiting Cats came charging home with 10 goals to three in the second half.

The result leaves Moama languishing in eighth spot on the ladder, ruing a missed chance to go up the ladder after Congupna defeated Nathalia, while the Cats share top spot with Rumbalara.

Final score: Finley 14.9 (93) def. Moama 11.8 (74).

The first term saw the Cats start well without putting the score on the board and from the 10 minute mark onwards, Moama controlled the quarter.

Tyler Jones was looking extremely dangerous kicking three first-quarter goals for the Magpies, while Jake Kilmartin capitalised on the good work of the home team’s midfield.

Finley’s Matt Jackson, Steve Patten and Jess Koopman were applying pressure on the Mowers, but the Cats still trailed by 18 points at the first break.

In the second stanza, Finley again played well early but was not being able to convert on the scoreboard.

Cameron Robertson was moved to the dangerous Jones and was able to curb his influence on the game with the Moama star failing to get another goal.

But it was 16-year-old Lachie Schultz and fellow midfielder Tom Beard who were creating most of the headaches for Finley.

Moama kicked three goals in the second term to increase its lead to 23 points.

During the half-time break Finley was challenged by coach Damian Sexton both physically and mentally, and asked to rise to the challenge ahead.

It looked as though that wasn’t going to happen however, when Moama kicked the first two goals of the third term to extend its lead to 35 points.

But this sparked the Cats into gear and Mikka Littlejohn led the way with a ferocious attack on the ball that became infectious.

Tim Robertson dominated the ruck and his onballers lifted their work rate, while Jordan Daniel, Ollie Ford, Reid Crowe and Levi Middleton continually applied pressure to their opponents and created opportunities for their teammates.

Tom Seccull, playing at centre half-forward, turned the game on its head with seven goals in the second half, finishing off the hard work of his teammates.

Matt Jackson, Cameron Robertson and Nick Robertson all continually rebounded Moama’s attacks and when Marcus Jackson broke off half-back and ran through the middle of the ground to kick a 50m goal, Finley hit the lead for the first time in the game.

On the siren Finley was in front by four points, setting up a tantalising final quarter.

The Cats continued to apply the pressure around the contest during the last term, and this saw them run away with a hard-fought victory.

At times during the second half all 21 players from the Cats had an influence on the game and this was what allowed them to record one of their better wins for the year.

But the hard work continues this Saturday when Finley plays Rumbalara in a top-of-the-table clash at Jerilderie.

Awards: Bowling Club - Tom Seccull and Cameron Robertson; RS Club - Matt Jackson; Golf Club - Tim Robertson; Winners’ Club - Mikka Littlejohn and Nick Robertson.

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