Magpies bank the win they really had to have

June 12, 2018

Moama's Jacob Keenan gets his kick away against Tongala.

A MUST win game — for both Moama and Tongala.

But only one of them was walking away with the points.

And it was Moama.

Through three main goal kickers — Tyler Jones (6), Rhys Archard (4) and Angus Grigg (3) — Moama claimed a 33-point victory in the Murray Football League clash on Saturday.

It was exactly the win that the Magpies needed.

Their season has been incredibly stop-start.

The Magpies were poor against Congupna, in what was arguably a must win.

They needed to respond, and they did.

Moama coach Mark Lloyd said it was important for his team to get back on the winners list for the year.

‘‘It’s been a topsy-turvey kind of season,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘It was really important for us to get that win today. Tongala have the ability to get on top of you, and could also be competing for the same spots on the ladder as us if they do get a few wins under their belts at this stage of the year.

‘‘It was important with the month of football we have coming up to get this win here, not only for our chances at getting a spot in the finals, but for boosting our confidence and as a reminder that we can play good football when we do get on top of it.’’

But, as is so often the story in our great sport, what was a handy win for Moama, is another striking blow for the Blues.

Tongala have slumped to a 3-6 record, and while it is not quite the knockout punch, it does make finals aspirations more difficult for the Blues.

‘‘We were beaten by a very good side on the day,’’ Tongala coach Jordan Souter said.

‘‘They have some top end talent. All of the guys that they rely on played some really good football on the day, and that’s about all that you need. We were really outclassed by those guys.’’

With the Blues currently 11th on the ladder, they will need to produce a couple of strong results across the next few weeks in order to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

Unfortunately, things don’t get any easier, with Rumbalara, Tungamah and Numurkah on the horizon.

For the Magpies, the focus this week will be a clash with Cobram, who currently sit fifth on the ladder.

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