Bulldogs hold off Seagulls
WILLIAMSTOWN has dropped it’s first game in six matches going down to Footscray by 11 points at Burbank Oval, with missed chances late proving costly.
The game was well in the balance for the entire day, but missed opportunities in front of goal prevented the Seagulls from edging their noses in front at the final siren.
Williamstown trailed by just 16 points at the final change, and despite having eight scoring shots to three in the final term, weren’t able to get over the line.
When the final siren sounded, Footscray came out with an all-important 10.13 (73) to 8.14 (62) victory.
It was a tough loss to swallow for the Seagulls, who had been in fine form since losing to Box Hill all the way back in Round 10.
The loss sits Williamstown back into second position on the ladder, with Sandringham now snapping at their heels for that all-important second spot.
It was a great afternoon of football with the a large crowd coming out to support the two western suburbs clubs.
The game seemed to follow a goal-for-goal pattern for the majority of the day, with neither side ever really gaining enough scoring momentum to pull away.
With Williamstown knocking off Footscray on their home turf earlier in the year, a defensive minded Footscray dried up the Seagulls scoring.
It now paves the way for a huge final three games of the year for Williamstown, who are still looking to claim an all-important top two spot on the ladder.
Ben Jolley, Cameron Lockwood and the returning Ed Carr were among the Seagulls’ best, while Sam Dunell provided a focal point up forward booting three goals.
Dunell proved time and again to be too strong for his opponent, taking many contested marks deep forward despite intense physical pressure.
Lockwood was his usual rebounding self, providing plenty of drive from the half-back line while also playing strong defensively and cutting off many opposition attacks.
The Seagulls had an abnormally low four goal-scorers, with ten-plus goalkickers largely being the norm for the cub this year.
Small forward Andrew Gallucci was one of the few forwards on the day who were able to directly impact the scoreboard, also booting three goals.
The Seagulls will now look to bounce back against Casey at Casey Fields this Saturday, in a match that will be vital for Williamstown’s top two aspirations.
Williamstown: 8.14 (62)
Footscray: 10.13 (73)
Goals: Dunell 3, Gallucci 3, Casley, Masters.
Best: Jolley, Dunell, E.Carr, Lockwood, Banner, Masters.
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