It was not pretty, but Euroa did what it had to do to beat the Shepparton Swans at Princess Park on Saturday.
In a low-scoring affair, JD Hayes’ mob defeated the Swans by 28 points to establish themselves as a top three side in the Goulburn Valley League.
Will McFarlane (three) and Brad Cunningham (two) kicked five of the Magpies’ nine goals, while Matt Ivill also impressed Hayes.
‘‘It was a tough game, a scrappy game for the most part, but four points is four points and I am happy to get the win,’’ Hayes said.
‘‘We weren’t really able to play our game for periods, but I think McFarlane was really good and Ivill just continued to run in straight lines all day.’’
The Swans were a point ahead at quarter-time, but slowly dropped off as the game went on, with the Magpies heading back to basics after the main break.
‘‘They were doing quite well the Swans, but we needed to get back to our DNA and play the way we know how to play,’’ Hayes said.
‘‘I think we did that for the most part in the end, but in saying that I was just glad to come away with the win.’’
The Swans were fairly inaccurate with 4.9, but coach Paul Griffiths was happy with how his side went about it.
‘‘I was really pleased with the way our lads played, they continued to give effort for 100 minutes,’’ Griffiths said.
‘‘The boys went out to play to a plan and I think they did, unfortunately our chain of disposal breaks down after three of four possessions.’’
BJ Squire was again superb for the Swans with two goals from midfield, while Rhys Shannon and Dean Johnson continued to play their part.
‘‘We had our usual boys play some good football, but overall it was a good contribution from everyone, there wasn’t many passengers,’’ Griffiths said.
‘‘Euroa are a team who give you a chance, we had a plan in place to stop them from getting the ball on the outside and I think it worked in patches.’’
The Magpies are equal with Shepparton on 10 wins in third position, while the Swans sit last on the table with just the one win and 42.42 percentage points.