VFL Pies too good for Lions

The Coburg Lions has lost to the VFL Magpies by 66 points at the Holden Centre.

For the second consecutive week the Lions were dismantled around the ground with the Pies retaining possession for most of the day (170 more disposals, 140 uncontested marks and 31 inside 50 marks) making use of the high disposal count on the score board.

Ben Allan racked up 26 touches and Ozgur Uysal had 28 and 7 clearances in stand out midfield performances.

Up forward Dylan Tarczon kicked two on his return to senior footy and Ahmed Saad all but wrapped up the Frosty Millar medal kicking 3, while Sean Gregory and Josh Iacobaccio were the best down back.

The day going from bad to worse for the Lions, losing key defender Luke Ryan, who came off with a shoulder injury ahead of his National Combine appearance

 The opening term began in a wrestle as both sides brought the intensity around the contest. Coburg taking advantage of an early inside 50 differential to take the lead.

The Pies equally took their chances, scoring from all four of their inside 50’s to reclaim the advantage late in the opening quarter.

A resilient Lions keeping the margin to 9 points at the first change.

Collingwood started the game on their own terms in the second quarter with consecutive centre clearances and a goal pushing the margin out.

Coburg dealt a double blow as draft prospect Luke Ryan was aided off the ground in the hands of trainers, with a shoulder injury.

23rd man Ben Ronke then caught fire kicking back to back goals to have the visitors back within two goals twenty minutes in.

 This, however, only sparked Collingwood who would regain the margin with interest, going in 41 points up at half time.

 The pies would again dictate terms in the third quarter, three goals in the opening 10 minutes pushing the margin to 55points

A Tom Goodwin goal the only shining light for the quarter as the Lions struggled to hold up against a rampant Pies who had 42 more disposals and 8 more inside 50’s, leading by 65 points at three quarter time.

 Coburg managed to win the final term with multiples to Saad and Tarczon, however, the Pies already had the game iced, running out eventual 66 point winners.

Both the home and the development side return to Piranha Park for the final home game of the season next Saturday.

Best:  B. Allan, B. Ronke, S. Gregory, O. Uysal, M. Kovacevic, J. Iacobaccio

Goals: A. Saad 3, D. Tarczon 2, B. Ronke 2, T. Goodwin, L. Featherstone, R. Fox