EAFL Round 4:
Magpies keep unbeaten streak alive against Philly
On a hot August day the New York Magpies hosted the Philadelphia Hawks. The day didnâ€™t start too well for NY as they suffered some late withdrawals to key players including Daniher, Sinclair and Mantzaris. The Magpies were already undermanned with Squires, Lonergan, McCormick and Hawkins out of the side due to injury.
However, the Magpies came out hard at the ball in the first quarter following a good old fashioned rev up from their first time coach and it was clear they were trying to keep their perfect record intact. The blustery conditions favoured the northern end all day and with the backline well on top, led by Lydell and Smiles, the hard running of Brennan and Flavel had helped establish a 4 goal lead by the main change.
The 3rd quarter saw the Magpies overuse the ball into the wind a little. The ruck combination of Taylor and Mason had gotten on top and gave the midfielders first use of the ball, while Buxton, Polulach, Desai, Lawrence, McNally, Murphy and co in the middle ensured the Magpies controlled the game. The forwards presented well and Keane, who was back for his first game of the year, Demao and Walker made up for the inaccurate kicking early and finished off the good work of the midfield.
The last quarter saw a few injured players come off and Batty move into the middle to have a strong impact on the contest and the game. Guarino and Maplestone continued the midfield control of NY and Bulone, Tornay and Ginsberg ensured the Magpies ran out comfortable victors.
NY Magpies-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 14 . 10 . 94
Philadelphia Eagles-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10.5 – 65
Best: Brennan, Smiley, Lydell, Batty, Keane
Goals: Keane 4, Batty 3, Demao, McNally, Buxton, Murphy, Pollulach, Walker, Farrell