Kaniva-Leeor United win despite fourth-quarter drop-off

EFFORT: James Turner scored three goals for Kaniva-Leeor United at the weekend. Picture: STEVE BROWN

EFFORT: James Turner scored three goals for Kaniva-Leeor United at the weekend. Picture: STEVE BROWN

GOOD kicking is good football.

Kaniva-Leeor United proved that saying is true in its 17.4 (106) to 14.5 (89) win over Bordertown at Kaniva on Saturday.

The Cougars kicked 14 straight goals before half-time to hold a 56-point lead over the Roosters.

The Roosters responded late with a seven-goal-to-nil final term, but the Cougars were far enough ahead to hold on for their ninth consecutive win.

Cougars coach Neil Reeve said his side would take the four points but knew it could get better.

"To have a 10-goal lead at half time and not be able to put a team away was a little bit frustrating," he said.

"We won, but the boys were obviously disappointed with how we played in the last quarter.

"We went away from everything we did well in the first three quarters."

Leigh Ryan finished with six goals for the Cougars, while Dylan Williams slotted four and James Turner three.

All three were among the hosts’ best player, alongside defender Scott Brown.

Lee Staple was the Roosters’ best player, kicking seven goals.

The win leaves the Cougars a game behind ladder-leader Padthaway, but two games clear of Penola and Mundulla.

The Cougars will face the Lions on Saturday, with ruckman Ryan Richardson, groin, and Matt Skrypek, concussion, in doubt for the top of the table clash.

Border Districts came close to their first win since round four at Kingston.

The Eagles led the Saints by 16 points at three-quarter-time, but a five-goal-to-one final quarter saw the hosts snatch a 15.12 (102) to 13.11 (89) victory.

Shaun Taylor kicked five goals for the Eagles, while Anthony Taylor was named the side’s best.

Sam Braidwood slotted six goals for the Saints.

In other results, Mundulla thrashed Naracoorte by 103 points at home, while Lucindale dished out a 131-point thumping to Kybybolite.

Flag favourite Padthaway maintained its winning form with a 40-point victory against reigning premier Penola.

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