Game goes down to the wire, as Euroa posts its first loss for season

Kevin Bott

FLYING HIGH: Euroa senior Magpie John Ikupu (right) jumps up to battle an Echuca opponent during the round four match at Victoria Park. PHOTO: Riverine Herald

AFTER three great wins to start the season, the Euroa Magpies packed their kits and made the long trip to Echuca to take on the Murray Bombers.

All seemed to be in place when Craig Bamford took a mark in the forward 50m and duly slotted a major in the first minute to take the early ascendancy.

The hosts responded to this early challenge from the Pies and tightened their game up to put the pressure back on the visitors.

An unfortunate head clash saw Bamford leave the ground and then taken to hospital for treatment to leave Euroa one man down.

A couple of goals to Echuca thanks to their tall forwards tightened the game right up before Brad Gleeson slotted his second for the quarter to leave Euroa eight points the better at the first break.

A couple of early goals to Echuca saw them take the ascendancy at the beginning of the second term through slick ball movement down the corridor, before the Pies responded with majors to Adam Tarrant and John Ikupu.

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