Rams fourths out of finals after close game

September 12, 2017

The Deni Rams fourths’ season has come to a crashing halt, being run down by a brave Echuca United in the Murray League semi finals in Numurkah on Sunday morning.

After leading for most of the match, the Rams gave up their lead to a fast finishing Eagles side, going down by five points.

Deni dominated the first half, scoring 4.2 to 0.4 to lead by 22 points at the main break.

The Rams were unable to hit the scoreboard again though while Echuca chipped away at the margin.

A late goal saw Echuca pinch the lead in the dying stages of the match.

Rams captain Cooper Willoughby then took a stand, taking the ball from the middle and bombing it long into his side’s attacking 50 towards a big pack.

It appeared a Rams’ forward may have taken the mark, but the umpire ruled a free kick for the Eagles for a push in the back.

As Echuca kicked the ball out of defensive 50, the siren sounded, putting an end to the Rams’ finals series.

Willoughby battled through illness to be declared his side’s best, with Jack Richards, Kane Hall, Tom Bradley, Zac Free and Duncan Hughes all playing well.

Final score, Echuca Utd 4.7 (31) to Deni Rams 4.2 (26).

Rams coach Brendan Willoughby said it was a similar game to the two previous encounters by the two sides this year, where the Eagles kicked two late goals to steal the victory.

‘‘They got the ball loose at the back of the pack and put it through for a goal,’’ he said.

‘‘It played out pretty much the same as round nine.

‘‘Either way I’m pretty proud of what the boys have achieved.

‘‘The way we have played around the ground this year has been impressive and there’s been such a big improvement in everyone.

‘‘It’s a ripping group of kids and I’m keen to see how they go next season.’’

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