Port has win over North Coffs

A CONTROVERSIAL free kick paid in the dying moments of an epic struggle helped pave the way for Port Macquarie to now sit just outside the top two on percentage after a nailbiting one point win over North Coffs at Stuart Park.

North Coffs teenage defender was pinged for deliberately taking the ball out of bounds by umpire Mitch Turner after a scramble near the boundary line.

The Magpies Michael Kemp, who was best on ground for the day, brought the Magpies to within five points with the resultant free kick by steering through the set shot from 35 out on the boundary.

Port Macquarie were able to goal again from the resultant centre clearance and then hold on until the final siren to seal a win that saw them trailing by 23 points at the final break. Earlier in the day the Magpies started the stronger kicking into a strong breeze with Jesse Schmidt combining with Matthew Lill.

North Coffs after a quarter-time grilling linked up well through the run provided by Tom Campbell and Josh Drum while down back Darren Funston again led his side superbly.

The Kangaroos continued this momentum in the third stanza with Ryan Turner kicking three of his five goals including a clever left-foot snap. The difference in the match was big Michael Kemp, though. Aside from his late heroics Kemp was a tower of strength in the ruck and across half-forward for the victors.

With this individual brilliance and the wind at their backs, the Magpies came home with a wet sail and edged in front in the final minute to the disbelief of an undermanned Kangaroos.

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