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Eagles land fifth victory

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July 24, 2017

United youngster Spencer Gillespie was helped off with a leg injury during the second quarter. He took no further part in the game.

Harrison Osborn marks strongly under pressure from Adam Boshevski.

Mansfield secured just its fifth victory of the Goulburn Valley League season on Saturday.

While it was not the four-quarter performance he had hoped for, Eagles coach Cam Hotton was happy his charges could get the job done against Shepparton United.

‘‘Obviously it’s always good to have a win, the first three quarters were really good,’’ he said.

‘‘We took a bit of shine off of it in the last, our aim was to play the full four quarters and it was a bit disappointing not to, but otherwise it was good.’’

The Eagles won each of the first three terms to stretch their lead out to 44 points at the final change, but conceded five goals to two in the final stanza to undo much of their hard work to that stage.

Collingwood VFL-listed Nick Gray (three goals), Ross Brown (two) and Ben Fagan (two) led the way up forward, while Brett Mahoney, Adam Boshevski and Jamie Sheahan (one) also impressed.

Sheahan seems to be benefiting from more consistent game time in recent weeks after an injury-riddled start to the year.

‘‘When he got knocked out earlier in the year against Euroa and was out cold for four minutes he obviously missed a big chunk of the start of the season,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘It took him a while to get back into the swing of things, but he’s definitely more comfortable going in on the ball again, which is where he does his best work.’’

With finals action off the cards, Hotton just hoped his troops could string together some more wins to finish the season on a high, but with powerhouse Kyabram making the trip to the Mansfield Recreation Reserve next week he knew that task would be a massive one.

‘‘Our aim is to obviously do as well as we can going forward,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll try and put on a good game of footy for our spectators, we’re hoping for a good performance and we’ll see what happens after that.’’

For the Demons, a side known for drifting quickly out of matches this season, a strong last quarter was a small win.

‘‘Our effort all day was really good, we had a crack, which I was happy with,’’ coach Peter Sheehan said.

‘‘It was just the finishing that let us down, that second last or last disposal — especially by foot — really hurt us.’’

Shepparton United’s final term total of 5.4 was its highest of the year and only the fifth last stanza it has won in 14 matches.

Once again it was the younger Demons who stood out, with Josh Kezerle booting three goals and others contributing well.

‘‘Jye Chalcraft has been fantastic for a 16-year-old, he gets better every game he plays,’’ Sheehan said.

‘‘Liam Fiore was great again as well down back.’’

Spencer Gillespie hurt his leg late in the second term and took no further part in the contest, but otherwise Sheehan said his side was ready for a clash against Tatura next week.

‘‘The boys will get back to training, get back on the bike and go again,’’ he said.

‘‘We should get a few bigger bodies back, which will help.’’

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