Lincoln South 6.7 (43) def Boston 5.11 (41)
Boston came close to its first win of 2018 but Lincoln South held on for a two point win at Centenary Oval on Saturday.
This was a must-win match for the bottom two sides and they showed it as a very competitive game of football was seen.
Boston had Tristan Binder back in the side as he created turnovers in defence early and the Tigers were rewarded with the first goal of the game from Riley King, who would have a standout performance through the centre.
However Souths were well served in the midfield and made Boston pay for missed shots on goal, goals to Paul Stelzer and Ben Shillabeer put Souths up by four points at quarter time.
Numbers around the contests paid off for Souths at the start of the quarter, a free kick to Stelzer gave them the first goal of the quarter.
Mitch Jolly went after the contested ball and helped create turnovers while Coen Taylor helped drive the Eagles’ attack with his possessions.
However Boston had the edge in the second and wisely used disposals, leading to goals for King and Luke Howie.
Rain made the ball difficult to hold on to as Boston went into half time with a slight two point lead.
It was a low scoring quarter in the third with the two teams applying physical pressure.
Shillabeer made an impact, both in the ruck against Binder and Marko Visic as well as rebounding the ball off half back.
Boston captain Sam Kolega was lifting his team with his attack of the ball in defence to run it out of the opposing 50.
Opportunities for both teams went begging as defences repelled inside 50s, leading to just one goal apiece for the quarter and a one-point lead for Boston at the final break.
Souths went for centre clearances into the 50 and a goal for Jack Waller rewarded their efforts.
Shillabeer continued to cause turnovers with Dylan Blewit and Max Bower also mopping up much that was coming their way.
Boston got back in front thanks to Brodie Falciani but all quarter missed many opportunities, including a couple posters.
A Ryan Syvertsen goal turned out to be the winner as South’s defence helped repel Boston’s attempts to get into the 50, the Eagles holding on to win by two points.
Shillabeer was named the MAC Award recipient.