Saints march on Mudcrabs as O'Shea boots seven goals
LUKE O'Shea booted seven goals as the BITS Saints held on against the Gladstone Mudcrabs on Saturday afternoon.
The local derby threatened to be a blow-out as O'Shea took dead aim throughout the match, but the Mudcrabs fought hard during the final term to nearly sneak past the home side.
The Saints held a 26-point advantage into the final break, but were limited to only two goals in the last term as the Mudcrabs kicked five to threaten late.
"We came back and showed a lot of heart and did well to only go down by eight points," Mudcrabs assistant Mick Larkins said.
The match was tight early with the quarter time score showing only four point between the teams at 3.3-21 to 2.5-17.
The teams continued to stay close on the scoreboard in the second term, with just over a kick in the game at the half.
The third quarter proved to be decisive with the Mudcrabs managing only a goal and two minor scores while the Saints piled on five goals one to extend their lead to what proved to be match winning.
"We laid down a bit in that third quarter and BITS showed their class and got over the top in that term," Larkins said.
The win for BITS will undoubtedly give them confidence ahead of a vital match at home against Glenmore next weekend.
The Saints will look to remain on top of the ladder in the match while the fourth placed Mudcrabs battle second placed Yeppoon, also at home on Saturday.