Redeyed and bushy tailed

May 07, 2018

Lach it in: Blighty's Lachie MacDonald is having a strong season.

Blighty produced a Picola District Football League upset no-one really saw coming on Saturday, smashing previously undefeated Picola United by 44 points at the Picola Recreation Reserve.

The Redeyes had not beaten the Blues since 2014 — a stretch of six games — and defied early season form to roll the reigning north-west premier comfortably.

From the off they seemed hot to trot, racing out of the blocks with five goals to two quarter, doubling down with four goals to two in the second to build a commanding advantage.

There was no way back for United, falling to a first defeat of the year and its first home loss in 13 games.

Redeyes coach Jack Tyndall was over the moon with the drought-breaking result.

‘‘Ever since I’ve been at Blighty we haven’t had a win against them — the first time in six games for us,’’ he said.

‘‘It was really good to beat them especially over there.

‘‘We were a bit short on numbers and probably had nine players unavailable. So we had a few come up, a couple from the under-16s and some older guys too.

‘‘So it was a really good win, considering the outs we had I was rapt.’’

The Redeyes found 10 different goalkickers in a 16-goal return, Judd Barnes kicking three as Kyel Bain, Brett MacDonald, Sam Singleton and Jed Brain each kicked two.

Matt Jackson continued his scintillating start to the campaign with a best on ground performance, MacDonald and Tom Billings also influential.

‘‘Our attack on the football this week was important, in a few games this year we’ve been a little bit undisciplined — we worked hard on that and it really paid off,’’ Tyndall said.

‘‘Matt Jackson has been unreal since he’s been with us and Sam Singleton was great too with Ryan Chadderton, but I really could have put 22 blokes in the best.’’

Blighty moved to 4-1 and third on the ladder, and it helped Tyndall ease the pain of a round three loss to Deniliquin.

‘‘We had to catch up after the Rovers loss, so we’re sitting all right now at 4-1,’’ he said.

‘‘It evens out after the win, and we’ve got another two big games before te bye so we’ll look to go into that with wins.

‘‘There’s a fair bit of confidence in the group at the moment.’’

Marcus Walsh, Ian Fry and Blake Jorgensen were best for United.

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