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Murray Bombers shoot down Lions Winning run fuels finals talk

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June 19, 2017

ECHUCA Football Club was up and about at the weekend to take down one of the frontrunners of the Goulburn Valley League.

The Seymour Lions had to settle for a three-goal defeat at Victoria Park on Saturday after a goal-less opening term put them on the back foot.

The game could seriously impact their ladder position at the end of the year and has inched Echuca even closer to finals contention being just seven percentage points outside of the top six.

But that was far from the minds of the Murray Bombers who were celebrating an upset over one of their toughest opponents this season.

The Lions were missing three of their key players in Saad Saad, Jason Cole and Brett Meredith which enabled Echuca to get the upper hand in the middle of the field.

It was an area usually dominated by Seymour, but the Murray Bombers midfield has been just as powerful in recent weeks and strong starts have been another trademark of their game.

A 3.5 (23) first quarter from Echuca had momentum firmly in its favour as Seymour struggled to hit the scoreboard, managing only two behinds for the term.

Twenty-one points in arrears at quarter-time meant the Lions had to recover in the second term and managed to outscore the home side despite lacking their usual forward target in Saad.

Seymour kicked 2.1 to 1.2 in closing the gap to 16 points at half-time.

Momentum again returned to the Murray Bombers in the third term, taking control of clearances to continually drive the ball into their forward 50.

Four goals to three saw the margin blow out to 27 points at the final break as Seymour could only capitalise with goals from two of its six scoring shots.

Seymour was more accurate in the fourth quarter scoring three goals to Echuca’s 1.3, but a strong third quarter handed the Murray Bombers their third straight win.

It’s delivered a lot of excitement to the club who face Shepparton United next round.

A fourth consecutive win could be in the pipeline for Echuca sitting three places above United on the ladder and have the Murray Bombers primed ahead of the following round’s blockbuster against the undefeated juggernaut Kyabram.

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