Nine-goal burst gives Pies a derby double

A NINE-goal second term sparked a stunning comeback as Moama upset cross-river rivals Echuca United by 22 points on Saturday.

With the Magpies only scoring three behinds in the opening term, the match was heading to a predictable conclusion.

But a second-quarter blitz led by Tyler Jones, who finished with seven goals, and Lachlan Schultz (five) helped the Magpies to a 18.10 (118) to 14.12 (96) victory over the second-placed reigning premier.

“We were slipping over, missing targets, everything that could go wrong seemed to go wrong,” Moama coach Simon Maddox said.

“We were probably a lucky they were a little inaccurate at the other end.

“We regrouped at quarter-time and then played really well, rectifying those mistakes.

“Those nine goals set us up, and considering our ladder positions we’ll take the win.

“No doubt, we thought we could, we beat them the first time round.

“And just about every game this year we’ve been in it — it’s just silly mistakes have cost us but luckily a lapse on Saturday didn’t hurt us too much.

“We have the belief we can beat anyone in the Murray league if we play our best football.”

There was a slight breeze favouring the Eagles in the opening term, but the Magpies made full use of it in the second.

“It wasn’t a four- or five-goal wind so it helped we kicked nine,” Maddox said.

“You get a run on with momentum and we are a bit of a confidence team.

“We just started to hit targets, which makes a huge difference — when you’ve got everyone streaming forward and you miss your target you just watch the ball go straight back over your head.”

David Ismail had a solid game for Moama at half-back, repelling attacks and driving his team forward in a win which showed just how wide open the Murray League was.

But Maddox remained cautious.

“We’ve probably got a tougher run home than some other sides,” he said.

“But we’ve just got to keep winning, and when you play sides like Echuca at this point in the year they become eight-point games.”