Junior Match Report: U18s get past ladder leading Eagles
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Orthopaedics SA Under-18s Match Report
South Adelaide @ Eagles
Round 13 - Maughan Thiem Kia Oval - 13/07/19
Goals: Sladojevic 3, Riddle, McCreery, Nye, Sampson, Dumesny
Best: Kraemer, Douglass, Freitag, Lippett, Copley, Sladojevic
South Adelaide Under-18s take the double over the ladder leading Eagles on Saturday morning.
It's shaping up to be a big 8 weeks coming up as we are 2 games out of the top four, needing a win every week.
Playing Eagles at Woodville is usually hard at the best of times, but they lost last week and haven't lost two games in a row for a couple of years, so we were up against it.
Jack Fitzgerald was ruled out with an ankle injury and Ben Ryan was unlucky to miss.
A late change saw Hayden Kernahan come out of the side due to sickness on Friday, which made way for small defender Dylan Brown.
We again lost the toss and kicked against the breeze for the first quarter.
The Eagles came out and kicked the first 2 goals of the quarter from our turnovers.
However, we managed to hit back, kicking the next three through Sladojevic, Liam Nye and Connor Sampson.
Eagles kicked another goal from our turnover, which saw us down by one point at the first break.
We were level in disposals despite having played the game in our front half.
Sladojevic marked and kicked his second a few minutes into the second quarter.
A few minutes later Zac Dumesny kicked his first to give us 12-point lead.
Midway through the quarter, Sladojevic kicked his second for the quarter and third for the game.
We looked in control and went into half time 18-points up. We knew the Eagles would come out strong with the wind, which is what they did.
Two minutes in and the Eagles the kicked their first. By the mid point of the quarter, they had kicked four but had missed a couple of opportunities to get them back in the game.
We had a couple of late chances but couldn't convert, which saw them trailing by five at three quarter time.
The start of the fourth quarter saw us have the wind, but the Eagles had the momentum.
We needed to kick one early and did though Sam Hindes who kicked a deep ball inside 50 which saw Sladojevic make the contest, resulting in Beau McCreery snapping a goal to put us in front.
We then went on to miss three gettable chances which would have given us some breathing space, but it wasn't to be.
At the 20-minute mark, Mitch Riddle snapped a goal and it looked like we should get home.
With two and a half minutes on the clock, the Eagles kicked another to cut the margin to 6.
We had possession which should have allowed us to slow the game, however, a few errors saw the Eagles gain possesion including a 25m penalty to give them a shot on the siren.
A goal would win the game for the Eagles.
We were lucky they missed, and we stay alive in the hunt for finals.
South Adelaide vs Sturt
ACH Group Stadium - Sunday July 21 @ 1:15 pm
U18 Head Coach
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