A SIX-goal to no score second quarter set up Lucknow’s 48-point win over Stratford in round 16 of East Gippsland football.
The Swans were able to match it with the Magpies for three quarters, but went to sleep in the second term for its second scoreless quarter of the year.
After Aiden Fitzgerald kicked the opening two goals of the match, the signs were ominous for the Swans, but the Swans, who were able to defend well during the first term, kicked a goal through Kaine Kerton to head into the first change trailing by three points.
Lucknow set-up the comfortable win in the second quarter, keeping Stratford scoreless while adding six goals themselves to enjoy a 46-point lead at the main change after Fitzgerald kicked a goal after the siren.
The Magpies won 14.17 (101) to 7.11 (53), killing off any hopes the Swans had of making the finals.
Fitzgerald, former Sale forward Brenton Martin and Brad Paris kicked 13 of the Magpies’ 14 goals, while James Russell was Stratford’s major goal scorer with three.
Kaine Kerton and Rowan Marsden continued their good form for the Swans, while Ty Morrison, Luke Clohesy and Corey Fulford were also valuable contributors.
EIGHT goals from spearhead Keith Ritchie helped Paynesville defeat ladder leader Wy Yung in a three-point thriller, 16.5 (101) to 15.8 (98).
The match was a tight affair throughout, with Matthew Arnold and Matt Counahan booting eight goals between them for the Tigers, while James Young booted three.
Mark Sellings provided good support for Ritchie, booting three majors.
REIGNING premier Lindenow continued its good run of form with a 37-point win over Lakes Entrance, 13.14 (92) to 7.13 (55).
Missed opportunities in the first term hurt the Seagulls, who went into half-time with just a 10-point deficit. The Cats pulled away after half-time, booting seven goals to three to record a comfortable victory.
Matthew Busch booted five majors for the Cats, while Gerard Kennedy kicked four goals for Lakes Entrance.
ORBOST-Snowy Rovers had the bye.