Eagles move into second spot on the ladder after a solid win against the Blues.GEORDIE COWAN July 8, 2014 3:15am
It was not a pretty game to watch, but Echuca United got the job done when it defeated Tongala 13.7 (85) to 7.3 (45) at Echuca South yesterday.
It was the Eagles’ class and better ball use around the stoppages which was the main difference between the teams, with the home team then more efficient going into attack.
Cameron Parker had an impressive game at half-forward, often the conduit between midfield and driving into attack to kick two goals himself, while Liam Guinan produced another four-quarter performance.
Ricki Waters was another player to impress, with the returning Rowan Priest gaining many clearances.
Defenders Brad and Luke Sanderson and Ryan Prendergast also enjoyed good games and Daniel Cavallaro enjoyed a solid battle with Tongala assistant coach Jordan Souter.
Daniel Edwards was lively on the wing to finish with three goals, with tall target Ash Kirchhofer also snagging three majors.
For the visitors, Souter lifted the team when he could with an impressive game, while Matt Ohlsen was constantly mopping up the United attacks, along with Stephen Townsend.
Coach David Newman won a lot of the ball in the midfield and Andrew Reid battled throughout the day to kick three goals, while Alex Williams and Shannon Tucker provided sparks and Kieran Brennan did well in the ruck in the absence of Nick Mellington.
On a sunny day with a cold wind, a scrappy first quarter was punctuated by two Kirchhofer goals as the Eagles led 14-1.
Williams booted the Blues’ first major with a right-foot snap seven minutes into the second term, but Parker provided the immediate reply.
A good passage of interplay between Waters, Bryn Barnes-Webb and Cavallaro ended with Waters converting a set shot as United threatened to push away.
Edwards was the next to convert after a good run down the wing, only to collect the spoils from his own delivery to push the lead out to 26 points.
Dean Moon was then subbed out of the game for the home side with hamstring tightness, with Jake Lucas making his senior debut for the Eagles.
Souter converted a late goal after a good Reid tackle, which saw United lead 36-13 at the long break.
Barnes-Webb, Parker and Edwards kicked three goals in three minutes early in the third term, but replies to Reid and a scrambled goal from Elijah Edwards kept the Blues just in touch.
However, another late goal to Barnes-Webb, after a good mark, saw the home team 33 points ahead going into the last term.
United had dominated the inside 50s (29-17) and clearances (27-9) to this point and the team continued that theme with a fantastic start to the final term.
Clean disposal and sideways movement saw Clint Starkey goal, a Kirchhofer set shot and long Phil Hazelman goal pushed the lead out to a game-high 51 points.
Like it had in the third term, Tongala replied late to boot three of the final four goals as the Eagles ran out 40-point winners.
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