Finley’s sound recent form wasn’t enough to hold off a strong Moama side, going down by 130 points in round 11 of the Murray Football League in Finley on Saturday.
After close encounters in previous weeks against the lower ranked Rumbalara and Congupna, the Cats struggled against the top six Magpies side.
The ‘Mowers’ kept Finley goalless in the first half and to just two majors for the entire match, slamming home 23 of their own to claim the win.
Finley vice-captain Shaun Kable was his side’s best, kicking one of their two goals, with young onballer Luke Moore continuing to show plenty of promise.
Cam Robertson and Kyle Russell were strong competitors for the Cats and ruckman Lachlan Hawkins and defender Stephen Orro also played well.
Jordan Ives continued his good form to be named as Moama’s best for the day, with other notable contributions from Luke Dunham and Mitch Eade.
Lachlan Collins continued to deliver up forward with four goals, while Cooper Barber came through with another three goals for the visitors.
Tyler Jones’ encouraging return from injury continued with the prolific goalkicker also snagging three goals to help his side.
Final score, Moama 23.14 (152) to Finley 2.10 (22).
Half of the Moama team got on the scoreboard with 11 goalkickers illustrating its many options when attacking; Jake Kilmartin leading the way with five goals.
‘‘The boys played some really good footy,’’ Moama coach Mark Lloyd said.
‘‘We dropped off a bit in that third quarter but I can’t fault the performance. Finley is obviously struggling a bit and it was nice to get a bit of a percentage boost.’’
The tone for the game was set early as Moama kept the Cats to just two points in the first term, while kicking five goals of its own to build a 30-point margin.
And Finley’s lack of attacking opportunity was limited further in the second quarter as it failed to register a score.
The visitors increased their own attacking output and led by 83 points at half-time, with a chance to kick on and take an even bigger win.
‘‘Our mids gave our backmen a bit of a rest; they were winning the footy well around the ground,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘But Finley had some inside 50s and the defence held up strong.’’
But as the chances continued to present themselves to increase the lead, Moama was wasteful in front of goal in the third quarter with 2.5.
Finley, finally working its way into the game, was just as inaccurate however with 1.5, meaning the Mowers took an 89-point lead to the final change.
And finishing wasn’t a problem in the last term with an efficient 8.2 to run out with the 130-point win.
Finley may have another tough day when it travels away for the round 12 match against Numurkah on Saturday.
The last time these sides met was in round one, where the Blues ran away with a 246 point win.