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Match report: Giants challenge but Pies prevail

NAB Cup rnd1: Paine winning goal Jackson Paine kicked the match-winning goal against GWS in round one of the NAB Cup in Blacktown
Jarrod Witts battles Israel Folau in the ruck in Blacktown of round one of the NAB Cup
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Collingwood staved off a tenacious Greater Western Sydney to record a three-point victory.

The Giants took the challenge right up to Collingwood in an entertaining spectacle but were held off by the slightly more seasoned Magpies.

Click here to read the report from Collingwood's win over the Western Bulldogs earlier in the night.

The win capped off a successful first round of the NAB Cup for the club, christening Nathan Buckley's coaching career with two wins from two starts, as the Magpies overcame the Western Bulldogs by seven-points in their first match of the evening.

Several youngsters impressed, most notably Tom Young who displayed his trademark poise when in possession.

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Dale Thomas and Luke Ball were outstanding in the midfield, with the stand-in skipper's maturity shining through during the tense end to the match.

Darren Jolly and Brent Macaffer were onlookers after playing against the Bulldogs in the first match. Macaffer had left the field in the opening minutes with a leg -injury.

Collingwood 0.1.2, 0.5.5 (35)
Greater Western Sydney 0.2.2, 0.5.2 (32)

Goals - Collingwood: - Ball, Thomas, Ceglar, Young, Paine.
Greater Western Sydney: Tyson, Tomlinson, Giles, Cooyou, Bugg

Best - Collingwood: Thomas, Goldsack, Young, McNamara, Ball, Yagmoor
Greater Western Sydney: Tyson, Davis, Cooyou, Coniglio, Bugg, Tomlinson

Disposals - Thomas 15, Ball 10, Sidebottom 10, Goldsack 9, McNamara 9, Shaw 9, Fasolo 8, Swan 8, Young 7, Toovey 6, Yagmoor 6, Buckley 5, Witts 5, Sinclair 4, Ceglar 3, Paine 3, Williams 3, Dawes 2, Keeffe 2, Hartley 1, Mooney 1, Seedsman 0.
Substitutes - Mooney (activated), Young (activated)
Injuries - Nil
Didn't play: Tarrant, Krakouer, Didak, Maxwell, O'Brien, Pendlebury, Blair, Brown, Beams, Jolly, Wood, Reid, Wellingham, Johnson, Macaffer, Cloke.

Second Half
The momentum seesawed from one team to the other throughout the half. The Giants moved to a two-goal lead early in the term before the Magpies hit back with two quick goals from point blank range to Dale Thomas and Jonathon Ceglar.

NSW native Tom Young gave Collingwood the lead at the halfway stage of the half before the home side fought back.

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A goal to the highly rated Tomas Bugg gave the Giants the lead with only four minutes remaining. As a major upset loomed, Jackson Paine, Collingwood's first selection in last year's National Draft, stepped up to the plate with one of the goals of the night.

Paine gathered the ball under pressure and had no time to steady, but somehow managed to screw the ball through for a goal on his non-preferred left boot from a tight angle.

His goal gave the Pies a slender three-point break, but the Giants continued to press forward and looked a real chance to pinch victory in the final minute. The siren sounded with the ball in the hands of Heath Shaw, who proved his worth as a member of the leadership group with some gutsy individual efforts in defence.

Collingwood 0.1.2, 0.5.5 (35)
Greater Western Sydney 0.2.2, 0.5.2 (32)

Goals - Collingwood: - Thomas, Ceglar, Young, Paine.
Disposals - Thomas 15, Ball 10, Sidebottom 10, Goldsack 9, McNamara 9, Shaw 9
Substitutes - Mooney (activated), Young (activated)
Injuries - TBA

First Half
Surprisingly, Collingwood found the going a little tougher than most were anticipating in the first half of their match against Greater Western Sydney.

The enthusiasm and pressure of the Giants, a team comprising of mostly first-year players, caught the Magpies on the hop and goals to Adam Tomlinson and Rhys Cooyou saw the home side skip to an early lead.

Stand-in skipper Luke Ball got the scoreboard ticking over midway through the half with the side’s only goal. He also had six disposals, as did Shae McNamara, Steele Sidebottom and Dale Thomas.

Caolan Mooney and Tom Young began the match as Collingwood’s substitutes.

Darren Jolly and Brent Macaffer were the two squad members who were not selected for the second match.

Collingwood 0.1.2 (8)
Greater Western Sydney 0.2.2 (14)

Goals - Ball
Disposals - Ball 6, McNamara 6, Sidebottom 6, Thomas 6
Substitutes - Mooney, Young

Collingwood Team
1. Alex Fasolo
6. Tyson Goldsack
12. Luke Ball (captain)
13. Dale Thomas
15. Jarrod Witts
22. Steele Sidebottom
23. Lachlan Keeffe
25. Tom Young
27. Simon Buckley
28. Ben Sinclair
29. Jonathon Ceglar
31. Chris Dawes
33. Jackson Paine
34. Alan Toovey
36. Dane Swan
38. Peter Yagmoor
39. Heath Shaw
40. Paul Seedsman
46. Marley Williams (r)
47. Michael Hartley (r)
50. Shae McNamara (r)
*(r) Denotes rookie.