Group 2 grand final by the clock

MACLEAY Valley has ended Kempey's 50 year Group 2 premiership drought with a comprehensive 36-12 victory against Nambucca Heads.

The Mustangs win made it the second consecutive grand final defeat for the Roosters after they went down 29-28 to Sawtell in 2011.

Despite falling to a comprehensive loss against Nambucca Heads in the major semi-final, Macleay Valley played its best game of the season to secure the historic win.

Here is how it all unfolded at Coronation Park.

2nd minute: Three back to back penalties for Nambucca see the Roosters march into the Macleay 20 metre line.

4th minute: Chris Carr makes a break getting the ball out to Andrew Budd. A Sam Howe high shot on winger Budd sees a fracas erupt on the eastern side line.

9th minute: Nambucca fullback Zac Sheppard forced to scurry a well placed Ant Cowan grubber out of the in-goal.

12th minute: A high shot on Zac Sheppard sees another brawl erupt. This time it is just left of the Nambucca goal posts.

16th minute: Macleay Valley takes the lead with Cecil Lardner scoring in the south eastern corner of the ground. The try comes on the back of consistent pressure from the Mustang and a slick backline move from Shaye Moran. The conversion is made by Anthony Cowan to see the score at 6-0 to the visitors.

20th minute: An audacious chip and chase from Mal Webster as well as some great support play from Willie Lockwood has helped Anthony Cowan cross for the Mustangs. Cowan converts his try to extend Macleay Valley's lead to 12-0.

24th minute: Nambucca Heads race back on to the attack but a knock on from Alex Hull ends any momentum they may have picked up from the set.

27th minute: Phillip Thaiday continues the Macleay vValley domination adding another four points. Cowan misses the conversion but the visitors still lead 16-0

 32nd minute: A spectacular break from Shaye Moran and another chip and chase from Mal Webster sees the Mustangs again race the length of the field. Incredibly Nambucca find away to hold them out when it appeared certain the Mustangs would score.

34th minute: Inspirational run from Andrew Budd breaking four tackles puts the home side in great field position.

35th minute:  Nambucca Heads finally get on the scoreboard with Jesse McEwen putting Taylor Hamilton-Giggins over the line just left of the goal posts. Mick Ronan adds the extras to see the score at 16-6

36th minute: Hard running from the Roosters off the kickoff however a forward pass ruling gives the Mustangs possession only 30 meters out.

37th minute: Willie Lockwood winds back the clock putting on a slick side step to beat the fullback and score under the posts. The score is now 22-6 after Anthony Cowan converts from in front.

38th minute: Short kickoff from Nambucca fails miserably somehow going backwards.

40th minute: Anthony Cowan adds two more points to the Mustangs tally following a penalty in the centre of the field. They go into the break leading 24-6.

SECOND HALF

43rd minute: NambuccaHeads  come out of the sheds with plenty of intent forcing a knock on from the Mustangs Adam McMurray.

45th minute: A Bert Gray knock on sees the Mustangs let off the hook as Nambucca was in dangerous territory.

47th minute: Dion Marr is miraculously held up from scoring by the Macleay defence after racing 35 metres.

49th minute: Jeremy Taylor carves through the Nambucca defence going 70 metres before putting in a grubber which dribbles over the dead ball line.

50th minute: Mitch Picker breaks the line to race 45 metres before being brought down 20 metres out from the try line by a desperate Mustangs defence.

52nd minute: Chris Carr creates an overlap with some slick foot work however his offload to Andrew Budd proves pointless with the winger pushed into touch.

53rd minute: Garry Jarrett sent to the sin bin after some choice words for referee Nathan Grace.

60th minute: The chip and chase has worked wonders for Macleay Valley. Shaye Moran and Mal Webster combining for yet another Mustangs try. Anthony Cowan adds the extras to make it 30-6.

63rd minute: Jeremy Taylor once again shreds the Nambucca defence to score a 65 metre long range try. Anthony Cowan converts another for a 36-6 lead. It couldn't get any worse for the Roosters.

67th minute: Nambucca Heads look bereft of ideas in attack. Macleay Valley has done a good job neutralising the Roosters two danger men Chris Carr and Mitch Picker.

70th minute: The third brawl for the match breaks out after some physicality in the play the ball from the Roosters.

72nd minute: Macleay Valley players are revving up the crowd as referee Nathan Grace speaks to the two captains following the fracas.

74th minute: Cameron Blair scores a consolation try for the Roosters scooting through some rare slack defence from the Mustangs. The score at 36-12, a comeback this late on seems very unlikely.

77th minute: Another drop ball inside its own territory from the Roosters.

79th minute: An Alex Hull drop out goes out on the full further rubbing just a little bit more salt into the wounds of Roosters fans.

80th minute: Adam McMurray laughably misses a penalty from directly in front. However with his side only seconds away from lifting the Group 2 premiership trophy it's doubtful he really cares.

80th minute: Referee Nathan Grace blows the final whistle to give Macleay Valley a 36-12 win and the 2012 Group 2 title. Mustangs' players and fans explode into scenes of jubilation while Nambucca Heads is  left ruing a second consecutive grand final loss.



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