BOMBERS PREVAIL IN LAST-MINUTE SHOCKER
The resilient Tampa Bay Bombers prevailed in the season’s hardest fought battle, upending the ladder-leading St. Petersburg Swans 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52, Saturday night at Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida.
Trying to close out a razor-thin 2-point lead with under ninety seconds left, St. Petersburg saw their view from the top of the ladder suddenly fill with contenders coming from all sides.
After a costly midfield turnover was converted into a game-deciding score by the Bombers’ take-charge Kyle Roun.
Roun’s untouched, full-steam run through the corridor and emphatic major put the Bombers ahead as the clock wound down, and an errant desperation kick out from the goal line on the Swans’ last gasp iced the affair for Tampa Bay.
With the win, Tampa Bay (2-2, 8 pts.) charges into a suddenly-crowded race on the Major League Footy 2018 Premiership ladder, while the stagnant Bloods (5-3, 20 pts.) see their margin for error quickly slipping away.
The Major League Footy schedule format sees the Bombers now presented with a real chance to rise through the run home.
Tampa Bay has four games remaining on the season, while St. Petersburg has just three contests left.
While any win virtually guarantees St. Petersburg a shot at the flag, the mid-season skid has the Red and White simply in search of a positive result.
Saturday’s thriller was not without high points for St. Pete in the highest-scoring match of the season, however.
After falling behind by 12 points at the first break, the Swans steadied on defense, keeping Tampa Bay to just 17 points in the second and third frames – and controlled most of the fourth quarter play, despite an onslaught of accurate kicking by Bombers across the ground.
Unfortunately for the Swans, the fourth quarter remained 15 minutes long – and it was the last minute and a half that sealed their fate.
Major League Footy Week 15 action in Florida will see Starfish FC – also looking for an opening on the ladder, with seven games remaing – take on the Florida Lions in a matinee twin-bill at the Common at Crescent Lake.
In the equally-contentious Western Conference, the Phoenix Scorpions (3-1, 12 pts) will look to recapture the Conference lead as their see-saw battle to the wire with the Tombstone Marshals continues.
The Scorpions take on the West Side Bombers in a 10 AM MST start, Saturday, July 21 in Tempe, Arizona.