A THRILLING goal to potential No.1 draft pick Ben King in the last 90 seconds has secured Vic Metro a two-point win over the Allies in round two of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships on Saturday.
King, who was well held by Jacob Koschitzke with the Allies key position player keeping him goalless until that point, marked 30m out from goal with just over a minute to go in the match at Southport.
He went back and kicked the major to secure Metro's second win on the Championships after they beat Western Australia last Sunday.
However, King wasn't Metro's goal-kicking star this week after booting five against WA; this time, it was Dylan Williams who bobbed up as their major focal point.
Williams kicked four goals from six marks, two on the lead, to be the difference between the sides in the low-scoring game affected by the challenging Southport breeze.
But it was the midfield combination of Bailey Smith (26 disposals) and Rhylee West (28 – 14 contested) that stood out most, with the pair combining for seven clearances.
Their half-backs – Buku Khamis and Isaac Quaynor – intercepted and ran well, while Zak Butters and Noah Answerth were also prolific.
For the Allies, Koschitzke – cousin of 200-game Saint Justin – was one of their best, while Tasmanian wingman Fraser Turner used the ball well on his way to 25 disposals and nine marks.
Queenslander Bailey Scott overcame a slow start to work his way into the game, where he won 19 disposals and four clearances, while Keidean Coleman – a small half-back flanker – impressed with his intercepting and run.
Mathew Walker presented well as the Allies' link-up centre half-forward and took six marks (and also laid six tackles), while Tasmanian Nick Baker also impressed in defence.
Tom Green, grandson of Richmond premiership player Mike Green, kicked two goals while Chayce Jones put in another solid game through the midfield where he laid a game-high eight tackles as Mitch O'Neill won four clearances along with 19 touches.
Metro held a three-point lead at quarter-time but should have held a bigger advantage before the Allies were affected by an increased breeze in the second that led to them kicking 0.9 for the term.
An even third quarter followed where the Allies were able to claim a six-point lead, which they took into the final stanza.
Then, King saved the best for last, scoring the final term's only goal to steal the match in the dying stages.
VIC METRO 3.4 5.5 6.5 7.10 (52)
ALLIES 3.1 3.10 6.11 6.14 (50)
Vic Metro: Williams 4, Butters, Taylor, King
Allies: T.Green 2, McFadyen, Blakey, Walker, O'Neill
Vic Metro: Smith, West, Butters, Answerth, Khamis, Williams
Allies: Turner, Koschitzke, Scott, Coleman, Walker, Baker