Mont pay for mistakes
By Andrew Brasier
MONTMORENCY development squad's (reserves) recent run of form came to an end against West Preston
in round five.
Although the NFL Magpies, which had won three on the trot, continued to press until the final siren they fell short by eight points against the second-placed Roosters at Moore Park. Mont's missed opportunities and wayward kicking in the first half cost it dearly. Yet despite their mistakes, the Magpies showed real persistence. While the black and white boys were scoreless in the first quarter they did manage to contain West, which was kicking with the aid of a strong breeze to the lakeside end. In the back half for Mont, Xavier "X'' Cahill was getting plenty of possessions and impressing with his ball control and poise under pressure.
Hopes were high
While West went to the first break with a 19-point lead (3.1-19 to no score), hopes were high that the Magpies would take advantage of the prevailing conditions to post a good half-time lead. Forward Blake Dillon kicked Mont's first at the five-minute mark, sparking a period of Magpie attacks on goal. On-ballers Kyan Watson, Nick Paton and Billy Marshall were getting plenty of possessions but their teammates were unable to capitalise on their good work. A Mont turnover reversed the tide and gave West their fourth goal. Mont got a quick reply, but West led by 12 points at the main break (4.1-25 to 2.1-13).
The Roosters kicked clear early in the third quarter, establishing a 25-point lead, but goals from Nick Paton and Blake Dillon brought Mont within 14 points at the 15-minute mark. Veterans Jason Cole and Grant McCracken in defence were providing a steadying presence for their younger teammates, but West hit back with a major at the 18-minute mark and led by 21 points at the last break (7.5-47 to 4.2-26). It was goal for goal in the last, with Mont doing most of the attacking. Cahill, who was enjoying a good day at both ends of the field, goaled for the second time late in the term to get the Magpies within eight points, which was the final margin when the siren sounded (9.8-62 to 8.6-54).
Goal kickers: X. Cahill 2, N. Paton 2, B. Dillon 2, J. Jones, B. Brigham
Best players: X. Cahill, G. McCracken, B. Brigham, J. Cole, D. Kane, B. Marshall