Cats leave it late to cross The Road

Mulwala’s Dylan Scott breaks clear of Numurkah’s James Pruden in the Lions’ six-goal victory. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Mulwala’s Dylan Scott breaks clear of Numurkah’s James Pruden in the Lions’ six-goal victory. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

FINLEY overcame a long injury list and spirited opposition to snatch a two-point win over Congupna in their Murray league match at Congupna on Saturday.

The undefeated Cats, who went in without key personnel including Tim Robertson, Rob Jewell and Tom Seccull, waited until the dying seconds to secure the win when Levi Middleton snapped truly after Ollie Ford pumped the ball forward.

It was another gutsy performance by Damien Sexton’s charges after they edged out Tongala by six points and Deniliquin by 10 points in previous matches.

Sexton said he was pleased how his players persisted.

“We were pretty happy to win,” Sexton said.

“We had a few out and Congupna at Congupna is always tough.

“They beat Barooga the previous week and are a good side.

“I’m just rapt this group of blokes never throw it in.

“I can’t ask for any more than that.”

Finley’s James Kennedy kept the Cats in the contest when they were under siege with four goals, while Reid Crowe and Doug McLean also worked hard at ground level to overcome The Road.

Sexton said there would be plenty of competition for spots in coming weeks.

“As a club I think we have some upside,” he said.

“We have improvement left in us and some players to come back but the players in the side at the moment are really holding their own and doing a good job.”

Mulwala jumped to fifth spot with a 36-point win against Numurkah at Mulwala.

Will Farrer led the charge with six goals and Jarrod O’Shea and Jackson Weir caused the visitors plenty of headaches further afield.

Numurkah’s Mark Brown played a lone hand with eight majors.

Barooga crushed Tongala, Echuca United hammered Cobram, Nathalia defeated Moama and Rumbalara edged out Deniliquin in a thriller.

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