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SALE made it three wins in a row on Saturday, defeating Moe by two points at home.
The Magpies' 16.11 (107) to 14.12 (96) victory moved them into eighth place on the Gippsland League football ladder, with their faint finals hopes intact, while the Lions missed the chance to move into third place.
Both teams handled the windy conditions well, with most of the scoring done at the wind-favoured hospital end.
Moe opened well, with early goals against the wind, but midway through the term, Sale began running and attacking to be seven points up at quarter-time.
The Magpies led by two points at half-time after an even second quarter, in which both teams kicked two goals.
Thirteen goals were kicked during a high standard third term, with the Magpies booting nine of them to extend the lead to 37 points by the final change.
As it turned out, the Magpies needed that lead as the Lions, coming home with the wind, kicked five final quarter goals.
At the 27-minute mark, the visitors were only six points down with Magpie fans hoping for the siren.
Local nerves were settled when Kane Martin, who had another outstanding game, kicked the match-sealing goal, his fourth for the match.
When Moe kept attacking during the final term, the Sale defence stood-up, taking steadying marks and chipping the ball around to unguarded teammates. It is developing into a confident unit.
Sale came up with a surprise selection, naming National Basketball League player Rhys Carter, who had not played football since his six games with the Magpies in 2015.
Carter is fit and has lost none of his ball handling skills. He made an outstanding contribution, kicking three goals, the same amount as Jordan Dessent.
Sale's match winners around the packs Michael Todd and Martin worked in well with Jack Lipman. Martin kicked four goals and Todd one, but it was the goals they set-up which made them such damaging players.
Lipman continues to do well against the best big men in the competition.
Adam Wallace is another of the players at ground level getting plenty of the ball.
Ollie Collins also made a contribution in defence.
Coach Shane Fyfe, who reads the play well, chipped in to take vital marks to hold the Lions up.
Like Sale, Moe had many good players up forward. Peter Ainsworth, Scott Van Dyk and Ash Dugan kicked nine goals between them.
The Lions' best players were Michael Stanlake, Jai Massesse and Tom Fleming.