McLaren youngsters step up in football match that went right down to the wire against Encounter Bay

Willunga's Sean Beath gets his kick away under pressure from Roo Ryan Fletcher.
Willunga's Sean Beath gets his kick away under pressure from Roo Ryan Fletcher.

Injuries are mounting at McLaren, but it gave some younger lads a shot this week and they stepped up in an entertaining game of footy.

First year senior players Marr, Goodieson, Chala, Lawrie along with Groves and Dunlop played well in a win against the odds.

Encounter Bay also with some youngsters of their own Fyfe and Sweetman doubling up after playing Senior Colts earlier.

Cullum Tonkin looks a quality ruckman for Encounter Bay and was on top of young Sam Lawrie early, but it is was Jimmy Matthews doing the damage at ground level kicking the first three goals of the match and McLaren looked to be on the move.

Davis-Neale twice late in the quarter scored two quality goals. At the break it was 5.3 to 3.0 with McLaren in front.

The second quarter saw Davis-Neale mark and goal and it was game on.

McLaren through some clever work from Bradwell kicks to Vandeleur and Jimmy Matthews refusing to stay out the game for too long kicked his fourth and was proving too good for the Bay defence.

Tom Hooper came into the game and he lifted the Bays to bring the scores close at halftime. Scores were 7.4 to 7.2. McLaren up by two points.

Lawrie was back on top in ruck and he set up Bradwell to get McLaren’s eighth and an immediate surge from Horrocks was a terrific reply by the Bays.

Mathews broke away to kick his fifth just before three quarter time to have McLaren leading by nine points.

In the last, Will Hooper one of the best tall defenders going around continued to repel attacks whilst Jamie Smith at the other end created run for McLaren,

Dunlop snapped a good goal to give McLaren a two goal break, but once again Encounter Bay replied  through Ben Davis. 

Jimmy Mathews in his best game for the season scored his sixth to clinch a tough win for McLaren.

Final margin was 18 points and McLaren won against the odds.

Mathews was best on ground for McLaren and Atie, Lawrie and Dunlop also played well, for Bays Davis-Neale with five goals and Fraser Tonkin and Will Hooper played well.