Numurkah has inflicted another defeat on Echuca United at its home ground in Murray Football League.DAMEN FRANCIS June 2, 2014 3:20am
Numurkah Showgrounds is proving an unhappy hunting ground for Echuca United.
The Eagles slumped to a surprise defeat to Numurkah on Saturday, just as they did last year on their way to the Murray Football League premiership.
The visitors were 17 points to the good at three-quarter time, only for the Blues to double their goal tally in the final term and romp to a five-point win.
Numurkah coach Brent Chapman hoped it was a watershed moment for his side, which had won just one game for the season heading into Saturday’s match.
‘‘We just seem to match up really well against them,’’ Chapman said.
‘‘The pressure was fantastic, it was a finals-type game and it definitely went up a notch on what we’ve been playing.
‘‘We’ve been close to a few top sides, but we haven’t been able to knock one off.
‘‘It keeps our season alive really. The top six sides play each other in the next month and it gives us a real opportunity to stay in the mix for finals.’’
Numurkah took a one-point lead into quarter-time, but trailed by one straight kick at the main break.
Echuca United got on top in the third, but heavy rain changed the game again in the final term.
The Blues kicked the first five goals of the quarter to lead by two goals and, while the Eagles pulled one back, time ran out.
‘‘It was really wet in the last quarter and we kicked five goals, which was as many as we had kicked to that point,’’ Chapman said.
‘‘We just kept moving the ball forward and created opportunities to score.
‘‘We definitely ran the game out really strongly and seemed to have a bit more in the tank and we probably adapted quicker to the conditions.’’
Defender Braydon Sutton was outstanding in the win, rebounding off half-back with great effect.
Brenton Flemming had the job on returning Eagles star Rowan Priest and kept him to two goals.
Lucas White and Jake Wilkinson were other standouts, while Mark Brown booted four goals.
Dean Moon, Luke Sanderson and Ryan Prendergast were best for the visiting Eagles, who slipped to third on the ladder.
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