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Tonny could just kick themselves

By Andrew Johnston

FOOTBALL is a pretty simple game when you think about — the team who kicks the most goals usually wins.

It is a football lesson the players at Tongala might want to remember.

The Blues had two-scoring shots fewer than opponent Numurkah, but were woeful in front of goal in kicking four majors and a whopping 12 behinds in a 42-point loss.

Tongala never looked likely to break their poor shooting pattern and were lucky some went through in the final term to make the scoreboard look a bit more respectable.

Tongala coach Jordan Souter was not happy with the performance.

‘‘It’s fairly disappointing,’’ he said.

‘‘You don’t often get the opportunity against good sides like Numurkah to be in the game for a long time, but when we did have the opportunity we didn’t take it and that’s what I find disappointing.’’

Tongala had more opportunity at the attacking end in the first half, but could only manage the one goal and failed to improve on this in the third quarter as Numurkah began to take control.

‘‘We probably controlled the football in the first half of the match,’’ Souter said.

‘‘We had the opportunities but simply failed to produce any pressure on the scoreboard. It isn’t something we can afford to do.’’

Tongala faces Nathalia on Friday in a match where the Blues will not be able to waste a single opportunity if they are to be any chance.

And Souter said his side will begin working on this game immediately.

‘‘I think our effort around the ball is another thing we need to work on,’’ he said.

‘‘I would like to see us attack the play a bit more. We did it really well in the first half but it faded as the game went on, we want to see that continue into the later stages of the match to give us our best opportunity to get a victory.

‘‘And of course, we are going to need to improve on our goal kicking if we are going to stay in matches.’’