Deniliquin Rams have hung on in the final moments of their contest with Mulwala for a thrilling three-point victory in Murray Football League.GEORGINA CAHILL July 7, 2014 3:20am
It came down to the dying moments before Deniliquin Rams were able to claim a thrilling three-point win against Mulwala in Murray Football League.
The Rams kicked two late goals to come away with the four points in the round-12 clash.
The Lions had seven scoring shots in the opening-term, but could only convert one, while the Rams added 3.1.
Both sides piled on five goals in the second quarter with the Rams taking a six-point lead into the main break.
A tightly contested third quarter unfolded, but poor kicking on goal left the Lions with 2.6 for the quarter, while the Rams booted 2.3.
Rams coach Troy Bartlett made key changes going into the final term.
Oliver Draffen moved up forward, while Brett Macdonald went from full-forward to the wing and Ash Morris and Todd Gallagher played on-ball.
It proved a winning formula for the Rams.
Both sides kicked 2.4 each in the final term with the Rams narrowly holding on to a three-point win.
Reigning O’Dwyer medallist Morris played his third match for Rams this season.
A huge inclusion for the Rams, Morris will line up for the remainder of the season.
Morris booted four goals including two late goals to help secure his side’s win.
Bartlett said it was not a pretty game of football, but his side dug deep for the win.
‘‘The backline particularly was good,’’ Bartlett said.
‘‘They were under the pump at certain stages.’’
Ram Daniel Jordan kept Will Farrer to two goals, while Lion Ben James was excellent across half-back.
Inaccuracy on goals proved costly for the Lions, leaving co-coach Chris McNamara scratching his head.
‘‘We can’t blame anything for our kicking,’’ McNamara said.
‘‘A lot of them were set shots, easy shots, but we kicked badly all day,’’ McNamara said.
The Lions booted six points in a row before kicking a major score in the third quarter.
McNamara said his side had enough of the ball, but could not make it count on the scoreboard.
‘‘They probably just beat us through the midfield in that second quarter,’’ McNamara said.
‘‘We probably matched them in the last half.’’
Youngster Jacob Sampson suffered a slight concussion in the second quarter, but McNamara didn’t want to take any risks with the 16-year-old who finished the match on the sideline.
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