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Boyd the hero for Centrals

Daniel Boyd celebrates a goal in the 2019 preliminary final. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A DANIEL Boyd goal after the siren has helped Werribee Centrals to a six-point win over Bell Post Hill at Galvin Park.

The win, which tightens the Centurions’ grip on a top-three finish, was their fourth-straight and has them two games clear of the Panthers, East Geelong and Geelong West heading into the second half of the season.

Centrals led by as much as three goals in the final term before the visitors came storming home and nearly stole the match.

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“I have to make sure I shout at Sam Browne, (who) took a real match-saving goalline mark with about a minute to go, which set up the last piece of play that swept the ball forward,” co-coach Nick Smith told The Wash-up podcast.

“Even Boydy’s mark was very lucky. Some poor Bell Post defender actually kicked it off the ground from the back pocket and it landed in his arms 40m out.

“Then the siren went as he was standing about to take his kick.

“It was really about (the) distance. If you picture that ‘Plugger’ Lockett kick (in the 1996 AFL preliminary final), it was kind of like that.

“He just had to get it long enough.”

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