Under 14 Div 2
Round 3: Drummoyne Oval – April 24
Canada Bay Cannons: 9.6.60 drew with Forest District Lions: 9.6.60
Canada Bay’s Under 14s Cannons slammed four last-quarter goals in a dramatic fight-back to snatch a Round 3 draw with the Forest Districts Lions on Sunday.
Trailing the match for all but the final four minutes, the Cannons dug deep to find something special to deny the visitors.
That “something special” came in the shape of bullocking full-forward George, who bagged his sixth goal from a clever snap over his left shoulder to level the scores.
The Cannons, who appeared overwhelmed by Lions’ big men until the last break, just sprung to life to play desperate, contested football.
“Everyone lifted when it mattered,” coach Dean Lee said after the game.
He praised his team’s defensive effort and their clever options in the forward line in a strong finish that brought them within a whisker of a miracle win.
But in the end it was the Cannons’ sluggish start to the match that will drive preparations for their next match.
The Lions dominated out of the centre and intimidated Cannons’ defenders from the start. The visitors made the most of their opportunities in a scrappy opening term that was played between the arcs.
Their big men picked each other out and were able to break Cannons tackles with apparent ease. By the first break, the Lions had grafted a 20-point lead.
With the breeze at the backs, the Cannons were jolted into gear.
Joshua, Jasper, Christian and Jack began to play enterprising football while Gus and Liam provided the necessary starch in defence.
But it was George who got Cannons’ scoreboard ticking over. He goaled just 90 seconds into the term after a run at the sticks from an acute angle.
A minute later he booted another and all of sudden his team was back in the race.
The Lions answered with two goals – again through their big men. As the siren loomed for the main break Joshua and George linked up for another goal and Cannons remained in the hunt.
Coach Lee’s half-time address warned that third quarter was the make-or-break quarter for his Cannons.
The Lions would be running with the wind and the effort of the Cannons’ back six was to be critical.
The third term was a scrappy, see-sawing affair. Both teams desperate to get the jump, they kept each other honest.
Martti, Damian, Aiden, Jasper, Gus and Joshua threw everything at the Lions.
The Lions and Cannons managed two goals apiece in the third term – just a 12-point gap between them to set up the barnstorming final quarter.
The Cannons took the match to another level, spurred on by goals from Tim and Matt.
The Lion’s two quick goals in response shifted the momentum back their way before hard-working ruckman Edward stepped up with a 30m snap to bag a major.
George’s last-gasp goal put the fitting seal on the game. The draw widely seen as a fair result in an entertaining game.
The Cannons now prepare for their Round 4 match against St Ives at Narrabeen next Sunday.