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Rampant again Lions triumphant in final term goal shoot-out

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July 21, 2017

Tom Martin keeps his man away from the ball.

Ben Clifton gets a toe poke away.

Brandyn Grenfell gets a kick out of trouble.

Brent Colbert drives the ball deep into the forward line.

A sweet seven-goal turnaround helped seal a remarkable come-from-behind victory for Seymour on Saturday.

The Lions managed to bounce back after a demoralising first quarter against Mansfield.

The home side booted nine goals in the opening term, leaving Seymour high, dry and with plenty of work to do to get back in the game.

But Seymour spent no time hanging its head in shame, as Ben Clifton set the side alight in the second term.

With two goals in the first two minutes, Clifton had rallied and his side rallied around him.

‘‘He’s not a high possession winner but when he touches the ball he’s probably our most influential player when he does have the football,’’ Seymour coach Brent Colbert said.

‘‘He only has to have a five or 10-minute patch and it can change the game.’’

The Lions chipped away at the 44-point deficit and looked a sniff by half-time.

Mansfield attacked back and kept the pressure on Seymour as it worked its way through the grinder.

Seymour had to earn its seven goals in the third term to pinch the lead and took a six-point advantage into the final change.

‘‘We didn’t panic, we just had to put that first quarter behind us,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘You’re not going to get seven goals back in one quarter but we knew that if we could play our way we were going to get the scoreboard pressure to get ourselves back into the game.’’

Jack Murphy and Andrew Sturgess used the ball well for the Lions and linked up well in the midfield.

Billy Cox, who predominantly plays down back, had a run in the forward line and nabbed three goals for Seymour.

Brandyn Grenfell had another good game on the back of his performance against Rochester.

Grenfell found the goals three times between stints in the ruck and was a driving force behind the Lions’ win.

‘‘There’s no coincidence that with him (Grenfell) finding form we’re winning games so we need his good form to continue,’’ Colbert said.

Having managed to turn the game around, Colbert’s message at three-quarter time was simple — his side had to keep pushing.

‘‘We were pretty cooked in that last quarter as we’d really spent a lot of ourselves trying to get back into the game,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘But to come away from Mansfield with four points, after being seven goals down at quarter time, well I’ll take that.’’

With both sides on their last legs in the final quarter, neither were able to capitalise on the scoreboard. However, Seymour kept its nose in front to win by seven points.

Score: Mansfield 15.9 (99) lt Seymour 16.10 (106).

Goals: R. Scopel 4; B. Grenfell, B. Cox, B. Clifton 3; J. Hockley, X. McMahon, M. O’Keefe.

Best: B. Grenfell, B. Clifton, H. Wheeler, J. Murphy, A. Sturgess, R. Scopel.

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