COLERAINE’S win over Branxholme-Wallacedale was soured by some lamentable kicking at goal and coach Matt Dunn was relieved rather than joyous after the match on Saturday.
The Maroons took home the four points, but it did everything possible to hand them over to the Saints in the second half, who came within a whisker of the lead early in the final term.
“We controlled the first half, but kicked 0.6 in the first quarter,” Dunn said.
“So we made hard work of it for ourselves and their pressure was good, but we didn’t really take our opportunities in the first half.”
Asked whether some goalkicking practice was on the cards during the week after kicking 9.21, Dunn said that it was already a focus during the club’s training sessions.
“We do enough of that, so we can’t say we don’t practice it,” he said.
“But bad kicking is bad football and we potentially had enough footy to win the game by more than two goals and if you kick 9.21, you’re going to leave the door open for the other team.
“They put the pressure on us and came right at us, but we were probably good enough to collect ourselves in the last 15 minutes and get the game back on track.”
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