Star Alvie footballer Liam McGuane made a successful return from injury but was unable to spark the Swans to victory against ladder-leader Birregurra.
Alvie was within a goal of the Saints at every change during Saturday’s clash, before Birregurra stormed home with three final-quarter goals en route to a 7.11 (53) to 3.7 (25) victory.
It was the second time this season that Alvie had matched it with the reigning premier for three quarters, only to have the game come undone in one quarter.
“It’s pleasing to know we can match it with them,” Goonan said.
“We had about 20 more tackles than they did so we more than match their pressure and intensity, we just didn’t do it for long enough,” he said.
“Birre’s got some big strong bodies, and when the game is on the line they seem to step up, so we just need to learn from it and, if we get another crack at them, make sure we don’t drop off at any stage of the game.”
Birregurra swingman Jack Moorfoot stepped up in the absence of Christian Kelly up forward to finish with three goals, while Tom Cotton was lively in the midfield, filling the void left by Mick Davis.
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