Field goal plucks Magpies

BIG CLASH: Berry forward Rhys Neil and Eagles hooker Dean Gray come together as the two sides engage in a thrilling battle. Photo RICHARD WHITBY.South Coast Group 7Albion Park-Oak Flats 23Berry-Shoalhaven Headfs 22DESPITE the heartbreak of losing by a single point the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies must now consider themselves a good chance in this year’s finals series after running down Group 7 front runners Albion Park Oak Flats from a 22-4 first half deficit to level the ledger with 10 minutes on the clock.Unfortunately a mistake on halfway gave the Eagles possession and the chance to work their way into field-goal kicking range.Their single attempt gave them a one point lead which they carried all the way to the final siren.The Eagles caught the Magpies napping in the first half as they ran in four unanswered tries before Berry managed to get onto the score sheet.Trailing by 22-nil Jacob Dolan scored out wide for Berry to bring the score back to 22-4. Coulter missed the conversion.Berry emerged from the dressing room a different team in the second half and almost instantly set about closing the deficit.Chris McCarron was the first to beat the Albion Park defence and with Coulter on his way to three from three, the score closed to 22-10.Winger Daniel Gannon scored out wide to make it 22-14, and when Coulter added the extras Berry had its tails up at 22-16.Minutes later Josh Coulter again proved he is one of the most under rated players in the competition when he scored a great try to make the score 22-20.Absorbing the pressure, Coulter slotted the conversion between the uprights to lock the game up at 22-all, with just a handful of minutes remaining.With possession of the ball, and working their way downfield, Berry looked to be on their way to at least a great draw.Unfortunately a dropped ball on the fourth tackle allowed Albion Park to work its way into field goal range and its players made the single attempt count.With a 23-22 scoreline Berry threw everything it had at the Eagles in the dying minutes.One last chance came when Berry won a scrum feed within kicking distance. Unfortunately the full-time siren sounded before the scrum could pack down and Berry fans were left disappointed in the outcome but full of optimism for the remainder of the season.Following the match, Berry coach Adam Hayburn said the Magpies had their chances.“We are a bit disappointed, we had our chances, you can’t let a team like Albion Park get that far ahead in the first half,” he said.“We need to do better for the full 80 minutes if we are going to have any chance against Gerringong this weekend, the boys are keen for the match-up.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.