Minyip-Murtoa down Warrack Eagles in thriller

ONE more win will ensure Minyip-Murtoa plays senior finals football in 2014 after its tense five-point Wimmera Football League victory against Warrack Eagles at Minyip Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The Burras, who have lost four matches by seven points or less this season, finally took the points in a close contest against a quality opponent.

The lead changed multiple times throughout the match, but the Burras held on late to secure a 10.13 (73) to 10.8 (68) win.

A long-range Chris Delahunty goal and a string of behinds moved the Burras two kicks clear of the Eagles, before a reply from Eagles coach Tim Inkster reduced the margin to one straight kick.

A Darcy Cameron tackle 30 metres out from the Eagles goals prevented a near-certain goal for the visitors and saved the game for the hosts.

Burras coach Scott Arnold said his side had deserved to finish on top.

"It could have gone either way, but I thought we outplayed them late and deserved to win," he said.

"I thought it probably would have been robbery if we had got beaten.

"If we win on Saturday we're definitely in and that's all we're about.

"The group got some real belief out of this, which was important to make sure we've got some form and some confidence."

A win against Stawell or Dimboola in the final two rounds should guarantee the Burras finish no lower than fourth.

EDGED OUT: Minyip-Murtoa's Daniel Smith works hard to keep Warrack Eagles' Peter Weir off the ball. The Burras were too strong for Warrack Eagles on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

EDGED OUT: Minyip-Murtoa's Daniel Smith works hard to keep Warrack Eagles' Peter Weir off the ball. The Burras were too strong for Warrack Eagles on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Arnold said the Burras' use of the football was particularly pleasing.

"Against quality opposition you've got to use the ball really well and we got a good even spread out of our forward half," he said.

Skipper Adam Gerdtz, Justin Garth and ruckman Kieran Delahunty, three goals, all played a superb game.

Arnold also praised Kade Petering and defenders Daniel Launer and Brylie Cameron.

The result dents Warrack Eagles' chance of claiming the minor premiership. However they remain a chance if they can beat ladder-leader Horsham on Saturday.

Eagles coach Tim Inkster said his team had not been able to play its brand of footy against the Burras.

"It wasn't unlucky - we just couldn't get anything going for the day," he said.

"We were fumbling, missing targets and making bad decisions.

"We got outworked and didn't want to play our style of footy."

Inkster said the Eagles would keep making changes until they found the right balance of players.

"We've just got to find blokes who will work harder. I think that's what it comes down to - blokes who can stand up under pressure," he said.

"We were under pressure all day."

Inkster said the Eagles' backline was a positive. "Our backline was terrific for the number of inside 50s that Minyip-Murtoa had," he said.

"They smashed us there but our backline stood up.

"I thought Jayden Werner made good decisions and also impacted the contest and beat his man - he was probably our best four-quarter player."

Captain Ben Harrison, who returned from an injury, also impressed as did Jacob Cheney and Dale Hinkley.

Inkster kicked three goals despite being sidelined for more than a quarter of the game.

He said injured duo Stefan Denadic and Clayton Hinkley could be ready to return in the next fortnight, while Ben Spicer and Jason Hinkley made comebacks in the reserves on Saturday.

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