Lions fight hard to notch important win

Coburg 2.2.14 5.4.34 13.6.84 14.7.91
Frankston 1.1.7 3.5.23 6.8.48 10.11.71

Best: Featherstone, Venditti, Blair, Morton, Allan, Cauchi

Goals: Younan 2, Featherstone 2, Hill 2, Carnell 2, Miles 2, Cauchi, Brandt, Goodwin

Coburg kicked away in the third term to defeat bottom-side Frankston by 16 points in a wind-affected match at Piranha Park this afternoon.

Danny Younan, Lech Featherstone, Dion Hill, Tom Miles and Nick Carnell all booted two goals each while Jordy Williams impressed in a tagging role.

Williams tackled well but also found the ball himself and regularly dropped his eyes to hit up Coburg’s forwards. He collected 24 possessions and five clearances.

Despite Frankston kicking the game’s opening goal, Coburg dominated possession and inside 50s early, helped by the strong breeze. 

Liam Brandt was lively and snapped Coburg’s first major after taking a good mark going back with the flight. Michael Hartley also started strongly and dictated play from the back half.

333 Disposals 334
169 Contested Possessions 174
78 Marks 85
52 Inside 50s 46
32 Clearances 50
21 Turnovers 25

Lech Featherstone converted from 50 to extend Coburg’s lead before a terrific individual effort from Jordy Williams set up a Dion Hill goal.

Frankston, however, were able to hit the scoreboard against the wind to reduce the margin.

The second term was an exact reversal of the first with Frankston locking the ball inside 50 and making it difficult for Coburg to move the ball. The Dolphins kicked four goals but Coburg was able to respond with two crucial late goes to Danny Younan and Featherstone.

Despite a slow start to the third term, Tom Miles read the flight of the ball better than his opponent to goal and kick-start the Lions - who booted six goals in the quarter to build a match-winning lead, including two in a row from captain Nick Carnell.

Josh Cauchi counteracted the effects of the wind by using his pace to run the ball inside 50 and was unselfish with his disposal. He set up multiple Coburg goals and snapped one himself. 

Daniel Venditti (31 disposals, six tackles) and Liam Hunt (24) worked tirelessly all day.

Josh Iacobaccio and Calder Cannons-listed youngster Ben Allan impressed in their senior VFL debuts.