McLaren get their first home win for the season in Great Southern football

ON ALL FOURS: McLaren onballer Evan Williams is desperate for the football, but Yankalilla's Xavier Gotch is ready to pounce.
ON ALL FOURS: McLaren onballer Evan Williams is desperate for the football, but Yankalilla's Xavier Gotch is ready to pounce.

McLaren started the first quarter with a fierce contested attitude that was lacking the week before in their crucial match with Yankalilla.

Watchman starting in the ruck against Wilson was a good contest. Ellis, Jim Mathews and Gill in the midfield dominating early on and McLaren had two early goals.

Gotch and Sidebottom got Yank going, Matt Wilson looking handy up forward, but some missed shots early for the Tigers was not what they wanted.

Gotch finally slotted Yankalilla's first, but McLaren responded with two late goals to Watchman and Wakefield.

The second quarter was more of the same, a solid contest with McLaren more efficient going forward.

Their defence holding up well with Zohar, White and Young intercepting well. A very weird send off for Bond for a bump seemed to rattle Yankalilla a bit with one player short.

McLaren capitalised and kicked three goals and Yankalilla got one back late to be five goals down at the main break.

The game seemed to open up in the third, with McLaren on top early kicking the first three. Ellison, then Gill with two and the match looked over. Jimmy Mathews having a great match, gets another and the match is running the way McLaren wanted it.

Clark running down from the back line kicks a nice goal from the boundary and then the match takes another turn. The umpires were best described as very technical and not favouring any side, but McLaren became very undisciplined and Yankalilla made the most of their opportunities to get back into the match.

There were an entertaining 11 goals kicked for the quarter with Yankalilla kicking the last four to breathe some life into the game.The margin was 24 points in McLaren's favour. Tiger coach Joel Kay asked his team for a big last quarter effort and pushed Durdin forward in a master move.

Gotch, Edwards and Tyllis winning plenty of the footy and Yankalilla all of a sudden looked like a good chance to win. Durdin marked plenty and kicked two, Gotch from ground level put Yankalilla within two goals, but a combined effort from Ellis and Bradwell late, pushed the margin out to 15 points at the final siren in favour of McLaren..


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