MYRTLEFORD has moved one step closer to securing an Ovens and Murray finals berth after beating Yarrawonga by 19 points on Saturday.
The Saints recorded their first victory over the Pigeons since the 2006 second semi-final and now sit in fourth spot with three rounds to play.
They play Wangaratta Magpies this weekend and a win will all-but sew up their place in the finals after a 10 year absence.
The Saints held the Pigeons goalless for the first half of Saturday’s match on a heavy McNamara Reserve before seeing off a second half fightback by the visitors to win 7.4 (46) to 3.9 (27).
Myrtleford lead by 26 points at the main break but a scoreless third term and three straight goals to Yarrawonga saw their lead cut to a goal early in the last quarter.
But the home side withstood the pressure and goals to Sam Confait and Riley O’Shea eventually wrapped up the win.