Saints fall flat

DYNAMO: Willie Thorne was brilliant in the first half, but, like his teammates, struggled to have the same impact after halftime. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

MYRTLEFORD has blown a 49-point half time lead, allowing Wangaratta Rovers to stage their biggest comeback in club history and win their first game of the 2015 season on Saturday.

The round four matchup at the WJ Findlay Oval looked all but over at half time after the Saints had added 12 first half majors on the back of a seven goal opening turn.

But despite staring down the barrel of a fourth consecutive loss, the home side, sparked by Daniel McCullough, who booted seven of his team’s 13 second half majors, overturned the deficit to win 16.11 (107) to 16.6 (102).

After claiming victory over premiership hopeful Lavington two weeks earlier, the Saints were left to ponder the second half calamity.

“It’s pretty disappointing, after such a good first half to then lose it like that, it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Saints coach Leigh Corcoran said.

“There was no excuse to lose, we just really needed players to step up and perform when it counted and obviously at Ovens and Murray level it has to be a four quarter effort because if that effort’s not there for four quarters it can hurt and it has.”

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