McCaughan

Clinton McCaughan was a shining light with three goals in Inverloch-Kongwak’s crushing loss to Dalyston on Saturday.

ANOTHER 12-goal effort from Dalyston’s Michael Kraska ensured the Magpies continued its dominant start to the season with a win over local rival Inverloch-Kongwak at Dalyston.
The home side didn’t take long to stamp its authority on the game with Chris Graham kicking the first goal in the opening minutes.
The Sea Eagles were without key players including full forward Lucas McMillan, Brad Hender, Adam Cross and Lewie Rankin.
But Dalyston had its own holes to fill with Blake Carew, Matt Rosendale and Paddy McKenna also missing.
Clinton McCaughan led a makeshift forward line for the visitors and kicked their first of the day.
The Magpies started to gain the ascendancy towards the end of the quarter with Matt Schreck slamming home a running goal from 50m, before Kraska kicked his first goal of the day after his third attempt at goal.
The home side took a 14 point lead into the first break.
Dalyston’s Kurt Thomas and IK’s Santo Joma were fighting it out in the ruck, with the Magpie’s defensive pressure coming into play.
Brad Fisher pushed forward to kick a long goal which started a run of seven unanswered goals for the home side.
Despite the best efforts of Chris Terlich and Josh Clottu, the Sea Eagles couldn’t contain the powerful Dalyston forward line led by Kraska, Graham and James Brooker.
McCaughan marked and goaled in time on to reduce the deficit to 52 points at half time.
Midfielder Kristian Butler continued the Dalyston onslaught after the main break after strong forward pressure caused a turnover, before the Kraska show started to fire up.
The elusive forward seemed to have the ball on a string as he kicked the next five goals in an amazing 14 minute purple patch.
He proved too good for any defender, taking marks and receiving free kicks to bury the Sea Eagles.
McCaughan once again battled well with limited opportunities and kicked the visitors’ only goal of the term as the Magpies held an 84 point lead at the final change.
The party continued for Dalyston in the final quarter with Kraska working his opponent under the ball to kick truly, before Chris Samargis goaled on the run.
An off the ground goal from Jordan Teakle after a comedy of errors would prove to be the Sea Eagles final score for the day.
Kraska kicked back to back goals to take his tally to 11 as the Magpies continued to pile on the goals.
Schreck kicked his second in time on before Kraska showed off his final trick of the day, rising above the pack to hold onto a spectacular mark in front of Bay 14 at Dalyston.
He kicked truly to finish with an incredible 12 goals as the Magpies ran out 135 point victors.
Dalyston is at home again next week against Foster, whilst IK will host Stony Creek.