SGL Round 12: Central lose to Lions

FOOTBALL: Central Augusta have shown their brilliance in patches, but haven't had much to celebrate this season.

FOOTBALL: Central Augusta have shown their brilliance in patches, but haven't had much to celebrate this season.

Central Augusta have once again lost in a close encounter and are now definitely out of the finals race. 

After having most of the possession in the last quarter up until the last five minutes, the Bloods failed to capitalise, allowing Lions to run away with a 24-point win.

At a windy Central Oval, Central were able to use the advantage in the first quarter. Their pressure around the ball and clean skills out of congestion helped them kick the first two goals of the game.

Only three goals were kicked for the quarter, with Jordan Fuller breaking through late to trim Central’s lead to four points at quarter-time.

Lions were the better side in the second quarter and regularly hit the scoreboard as a result. 

Tyler Eckert was pivotal across half back and in the centre, creating many attacking opportunities for the Pirie side. 

Meanwhile, Nick Wedding was very impressive in his first League game of the season, while the match-up of Daniel Fisher and Chris Marsland was certainly intriguing.

The game was still tight heading into the second half, with Lions leading by just five points. 

The visitors extended their lead when Tyson Horsnell snagged his third goal early in the third quarter. 

This was followed by a couple of Bloods goals and by three quarter time, Central had a five-point advantage.

With Central desperate to keep their slim finals hopes alive, they came out in the last quarter with plenty of intent and were able to win a lot of contests. 

They had plenty of opportunities in the first 10 minutes, but Lions held strong before getting a run on and piling on the goals.

Lions kicked the last six of the game to come away with a four-goal win.

Aiden Jacobs was very impressive up forward for Lions, but Tyler Eckert was clearly their best player, while Nick Saunders did a tremendous job on Brendon Colson. 

For Central, Liam Nelson was in their best players, along with Wedding and Dylan Baker.