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Jones and Kilmartin lead Moama to victory

The forward duo booted 15 goals combined in a 75-point win against Numurkah.

LUKE MCMANUS June 9, 2014 3:08am

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Moama recorded a resounding 75-point victory against Numurkah on Saturday, with forwards Tyler Jones and Jake Kilmartin starring for the Magpies.

Jones (eight goals) and Kilmartin (seven goals) dominated the scoresheet at Moama Recreation Reserve, the duo helping the Magpies to a 20.13 (133) to 8.10 (58) win.

Jones’ haul takes his season tally to 36, sitting on top of the Murray Football League’s goal kicking table, while Kilmartin’s bag was his highest return in three years with the Magpies.

The match was won from the opening quarter after Moama booted eight goals to zip, sinking the Blues just seven days after the side upset Echuca United.

Moama coach Simon Maddox could sense Numurkah was deflated at quarter-time, already staring down the barrel of a 49-point deficit, but urged his side to continue the onslaught for the rest of the game.

‘‘The message was pretty simple, it couldn’t just be a one quarter thing,’’ Maddox said.

‘‘We needed to put them to bed well and truly, so we didn’t have a repeat of (the weekend before).’’

Moama was overrun by Deniliquin Rams in round seven, surrendering a 28-point lead at three-quarter-time to be beaten by two points at the final siren.

Fortunately for the home side, history did not repeat itself as the Pies reached an emphatic 91-point advantage at three-quarter-time.

Despite the Blues kicking five goals to two in the final term, which Maddox described as ‘‘blight on the afternoon’’, the Pies showed plenty of good signs which should hold the team in good stead on the long journey back from seventh position on the ladder.

‘‘After losing the week before, you’d hope the boys would have been fired up,’’ Maddox said.

‘‘I hoped they’d be breathing fire but until you see it, you just don’t know.

‘‘There was accountability for last week’s loss and it was pleasing that we had the game won by quarter-time.’’

In his first match for the season, Aidyn Johnson was considered Moama’s best player for the afternoon as the lively half-forward flanker kicked two goals and played an important role alongside skipper Michael Sage.

Maddox said Johnson played four quarters of ‘‘x-factor footy’’.

‘‘He just gave us another option at centre-half forward,’’ Maddox said of his Scotch College import.

‘‘He helped out structurally and got it into Tyler and Jake quickly.

‘‘I think he finished with five or six pack marks and had about seven or eight bounces for the day.

‘‘He was among five players who were 17 or under on Saturday, which is really pleasing for the footy club.’’

Numurkah’s firepower was limited, with leading goal kicker Mark Brown kept goalless for the entire afternoon by Moama’s Chris Boxtel.

That left the goal kicking to Luke McKeown and Tom Kelly (two goals each).

Paul Collins, Jake Wilkinson and Justin Cooper were the Blues’ better players.

While Moama finished the game relatively unscathed on the injury front, Maddox will be without Tim Scadden for this weekend’s game against Congupna.

Scadden took a set penalty after he was cited for striking opposition number Brent Chapman, who also accepted a penalty for his part in the incident.

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