The Magpies ended a five-game losing streak against Echuca United on Good Friday, prevailing by 20 points.GEORDIE COWAN April 21, 2014 3:33am
Moama celebrated its first win against Echuca United in almost three years on Friday, posting an upset result against the reigning Murray Football League premier.
But Echuca United managed to retain the 3Jacks trophy, defeating Moama 19-11 on the points scored in all the football and netball matches throughout the day.
The Magpies were relentless in their pressure and ran away with the breeze in the final quarter to triumph 12.7 (79) to 8.11 (59).
Boasting many strong contributors across the ground, the visitors benefited from the added experience in their side to win more contested balls and remain calm under pressure.
Chief among those was Rhys Archard, who, after kicking five goals last week, played predominantly at half-back and in the middle, providing a clean outlet for his team.
Winger Ryan Hudson capped off his at times devastating display with three goals in a terrific game, while Tyler Jones proved a constant handful for the United defence to finish with five goals.
David Ismail was another player to excel, keeping the dangerous Farran Priest goalless and was superb running out of defence with pace and accurate disposal.
He was matched in defence by Kyle Phipps, while Daniel Thorp was a constant driving force for Moama, finding space on the wing time and again to deliver accurate passes into the forward line.
Paul Van Der Sluys and Chris Casey were strong in the contest, while Brett Godfrey, Joe Walsh and Lachie Schultz also impressed.
For United, coach Scott Beattie was superb throughout the day — the only Eagles onballer to have a consistent day — while Clayton Zanella rucked tirelessly.
Bryn Barnes-Webb, Rulla Kelly-Mansell, Dean Moon, Toby Gilmour and Rowan Priest had patches of good play, but ultimately the Eagles lacked enough contributors to match the Magpies.
With a northerly gusty wind throughout the day, players struggled in the conditions and the first half was littered with scrambled balls bouncing forward, kicks slicing off the edge of the boot and dropped uncontested marks.
Kicking with the breeze in the opening term, the Eagles were dominant early, but could not convert.
It took until the 17th minute for a major to be scored, through Jones, but a Barnes-Webb snap out of nowhere gave the home side the lead moments later.
A Beattie goal from a tight angle saw the score at 18-9 at the first change and when Rowan Priest snapped the first goal of the second term, the margin was pushed out to 14 points.
With Moama struggling to make an impact with the wind, Hudson settled things down with a set shot from 55m, using the breeze to guide the ball home.
Rowan Priest goaled again for United after his brother Farran found him free in the forward line, but a late flurry from Moama saw the Eagles just ahead 31-29 at the long break.
First, Casey laid a big shepherd on Daniel Cavallaro and Jones scrambled a goal, before the key forward then proved too strong for Barnes-Webb in a marking contest, kicking two goals in a minute.
Taylor Beard, who had moved to play on Beattie in the second half, kicked the first goal upon the resumption of play.
He then found captain Michael Sage, who kicked a long goal to give Moama a 10-point lead five minutes into the quarter, rousing the Magpies supporters.
Ricki Waters broke a run of four Moama goals with a successful set shot, before Jamarrah Firebrace dodged one player as his shot crept inside the post to re-establish the Magpies’ lead.
Liam Guinan then made the most of a Moama error to kick from 60m out on the boundary, watching the ball bounce through for a goal.
United had the momentum, but a 50m penalty gifted Jones his fourth goal of the match, kicking the ball onto the basketball stadium’s roof from the goal-square.
A Dean Moon goal after the siren saw Moama’s lead reduced to one point at the final break, but the visitors were confident knowing they were kicking with the breeze.
The Magpies goaled first, with Jake Kilmartin rewarded for a strong tackle deep in attack, before Jones matched Beattie’s effort at goal from the first term with a fine set shot from the pocket in the 14th minute.
Hudson then effectively sealed the result with another 50m set shot seven minutes later.
The winger then bounced through his third goal from 60m out, before a late snap to Daniel Edwards was mere consolation as Moama ran out 20-point winners.
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