FINLEY produced a tenacious fightback to win the Murray Football League elimination final yesterday.
The nine-point victory came after the Cats kicked five goals in the last quarter and held Numurkah to just one.
But Numurkah let itself down to some extent with inaccuracy in front of goal after earlier taking the initiative in the third quarter.
Dylan Sidebottom had a big influence on the game in the first half but Finley produced a telling move assigning Brock Gray to curb his influence in the second half.
Finley’s Tim Robertson had a good clash with Oliver as the two teams battled to get a break.
Ryan Bongetti was busy on the ball for the Cats and sealed their win with a late goal.
The margin was just six points at quarter-time in the Murray League semi-final between Mulwala and Echuca United on Saturday.
It was a productive nine-goal term from both teams and Echuca United slightly in front.
The Eagles were rampant in the second quarter kicking six goals to two.
They were the only team to defeat the Lions during the season and in the finish had an emphatic 50-point win.
Mulwala coach Nic O’Bryan said the Lions’ pressure dropped off and Echuca United made them pay dearly.
“We just did not win any footy. There was not enough midfield pressure on them,” he said.
O’Bryan said the Eagles have a potent forward line and with limited pressure there was a feast of opportunities.
Guy Campbell kicked six goals for the Eagles with the ball delivered to him with accuracy. His Mulwala opponent Josh Slattery was rated among his team’s best and did well under pressure.
Echuca United takes over the mantle as premiership favourites.