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A SIX-goal to two-goal final quarter gave Gippsland League football finals aspirant Moe a comfortable 47-point win over Sale.
The much-improved Moe won 17.16 (118) to 11.5 (71) at Ted Summerton Reserve on Saturday.
In contrast to recent games, the Magpies got plenty of the ball inside their 50 meter arc, but had trouble making an impact on the scoreboard.
The Lions led during the first half by smallish margins in what appeared to be an even contest played in the slippery conditions.
Sale had no answer to the midfield dominance of James Blaser and Bryce Collings who were effective, setting up Moe forwards Darnell Grech (five goals) and Karl Mutke (three).
Sale fought back in the second half to reduce the Lions lead to nine points before injuries began to take their toll on their players. From midway through the quarter, Magpie players began going down like ninepins, leaving them with only 17 fit players to fight out most of the final term.
Consequently, the Lions’ pressure became too much for the Magpies to withstand game over.
Sale’s best, Luke Ronchi, had numerous possessions and was cool under pressure repelling many Moe attacks.
Magpies forwards Will Stephenson (four goals) and Brad Dessent (three until injured), kept the visitors in the contest for three quarters.
The biggest blow for Sale was the loss during the third quarter of Jack Lipman, who had been dominating the ruck work. That allowed big man Col Sanbrook to become an influential player for Moe in the final quarter.
Sale’s Justin Mitrevski produced a good four quarter effort, and Corey Oliver did a good job blanketing the Lions danger man Daniel Risol.
Magpies Chris Laverty and Jordan Dessent were not frightened to put their bodies on the line in the desperate contest.
With only two wins this season from nine rounds, some Sale supporters may die wondering where the next win will come from.
LADDER leader Leongatha had its narrowed victory since round one, winning at Drouin by 37 points.
After kicking 5.3 and keeping the Hawks score-less in the first term, the Parrots were rarely troubled in the mud, winning 11.12 (78) to 6.5 (41).
Two unanswered goals in the final term gave the Hawks some respectability.
WONTHAGGI came from 16 points down at the final change to defeat Bairnsdale by 11.
The Power nearly double its score in the final term, booting six goals to two and record a 12.12 (84) to 11.7 (73) away victory.
Troy Harley booted five goals, supported by four from Adam Cook.
ON Monday, Morwell upset Traralgon at home, 12.12 (84) to 12.11 (83).