Upside breeds excitement

July 17, 2017

Moama secured much more than just bragging rights when it defeated rival Echuca United on Saturday.

Moama secured much more than just bragging rights when it defeated rival Echuca United on Saturday.

The Magpies moved above the Eagles into fifth on the Murray Football League ladder with the hard-fought 41-point victory at Echuca South Recreation Reserve and coach Mark Lloyd was excited for his side’s immediate future.

‘‘There’s still plenty of upside for us,’’ he said.

‘‘We had nine or 10 guys on the weekend that are 19 years old or younger and it’s certainly a really good position for the club to be in.’’

Forward target Tyler Jones was kept to just a solitary goal opposed to Eagles full-back Corey Wanganeen, but 10 other Magpies managed to hit the scoreboard to help secure the win.

‘‘It was a pretty good effort from the boys and a great even spread up forward,’’ he said.

‘‘It just showed that, even though he (Jones) is a dominant forward, we’re not too predictable to just rely on him.

‘‘He rarely gets beaten and brings other blokes in the game as well.’’

Noah Wheeler, 17, booted three goals to be one of the more influential players on the field, with Lloyd happy the mix of senior experience and youth his side has.

‘‘We’re starting to get a good mix of experienced older heads to keep the younger guys in check,’’ he said.

‘‘The young guys are also putting pressure on the senior guys to perform well and keep their spot, which is a great selection headache to have.’’

Moama led by 10 points at the first change, but after Mitch Eade was sent off during the second term Lloyd believed the match could have swung United’s way.

‘‘It put us under the pump for a while, but we were still able to outscore them in that quarter,’’ he said.

‘‘From there it felt like we had control of the game in the second half.’’

Eagles coach Guy Campbell was not happy with the output of his troops.

‘‘It was disappointing to put the showing in that we did,’’ he said.

‘‘But at the same time we learn from everything we do and hope to make it a rarity.’’

Neither side received any physical injuries from the clash, but Campbell’s team will feel the pain of the loss, for at least a short time.

‘‘No injuries, just a bruised ego, but that heals much faster,’’ he said.

‘‘They were certainly the better team on the day and we’re keen to bounce back next week.’’

Evergreen veteran Duane Hueston kicked three majors for his side, while Brayden Worsnop and Luke Sanderson joined Wanganeen as the Eagles’ better performers.

Moama hosts Tongala next week, while the Eagles will travel to Congupna in search of a confidence and percentage-boosting victory.

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