AFTER the promising performance the week before, the Saints faithful drove to Toolleen expecting a tight game of football against the power-packed Mt. Pleasant combination.
Early the team worked hard but it was soon obvious that Mounts were up and about and they quickly extended the Saints.
After our first goal came shortly after the game started, Heathcote then had to absorb plenty of pressure as the Mounts on-ballers kept driving the ball forward and they soon had a four-goal lead.
A late rally by the Saints saw them kick the last two goals of the quarter to bring the match back onto a more even keel but there were worrying signs for the coaching panel.
It was more of the same in the second term as Mounts continued their slick ball movement and the lead had ballooned to almost seven goals but a late one from the Saints kept them within reach.
But the Saints appeared flat and there was every chance a blowout was on the cards, and for that reason coach Wayne Primmer made the decision to not rotate players in the third term.
Stacking the centre the Saints came out in the third term and really showed Mounts what they were capable of, with the lead soon being trimmed away.