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LBB + DGS Women's Match Report: Round 8 South @ Glenelg

LBB + DGS Women's Match Report: Round 8 South @ Glenelg

20 July 2020

Little Black Bike + Daily Grind Skate Women's Match Report

South Adelaide @ Glenelg
Round 8 - ACH Group Stadium - 19/07/20

South Adelaide1.13.25.2 6.4 40
Glenelg 1.1 1.1 2.1 3.3 21

Goals: Kirk 2, Cavouras, Flanagan-Sjoberg, Hammond, Munyard 
Best: Cavouras, Whiteley, Northcott, Wedding, Tahau, Bennett
Injuries: Nil
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A strong four-quarter display sees South Adelaide tighten their grip on second spot following a 19-point win against the Tigers at ACH Group Stadium on Sunday.

With second spot on the line, a superb second term performance by the Panthers in which they held the Tigers scoreless, helped set up the valuable 6.4 (40) to 3.3 (21) victory.

Playing Glenelg for the second time in three weeks, the Tigers came at the visitors hard within the opening minutes of the match but South's defence, which was spearheaded by Lisa Whiteley, managed to repel the Tigers' attempts.

Their continued holdout was eventually rewarded as the Panthers managed to get the first goal of the match, courtesy of Hannah Munyard.

Glenelg continued to attack in an attempt to cut South's early lead and came close scoring several times but were repelled thanks to the combined efforts of Whiteley, Lucy Northcott, and Jaslynne Smith.

But the anti-density rule would prove to be South Adelaide's early downfall, as it allowed Glenelg to even the scores with their first goal of the match.

The Panthers were able to steady thanks to a soaring pack mark by Indy Tahau, but still the scores remained locked at 1.1 (7) apiece at the first break.

It did not take long for the Panthers to have their first shot on goal after the first break, with a diving mark by Teah Charlton allowing her a clear shot at goal within the opening minute, but she just missed to the far side.

What followed was a midfield battle between the two sides, as the play fell to stoppage after stoppage.

Both Nikki Gore and Munyard tried to break the game open for South Adelaide, but it would not be until midway through the second term when Jess Kirk was able to sneak one in from a tough angle that the Panthers would be on the board with their second goal of the match.
Then right before halftime, Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg managed to cut off a Tiger pass in the goal square, allowing her a clear shot which gave South a handy 3.2 (20) to 1.1 (7) buffer at the main break.
Just three minutes into the third term, Czenya Cavouras busted through the pack and kicked truly while on the run to not only claim her first ever goal in the SANFLW, but also extend South's lead to three goals.
With the Panthers threatening to take the game away, Gore turned up the pressure with her signature tackling, while down in defence Sam Pratt was also busy getting in amongst the action.
However, the Tigers were able to finally strike back with a goal of their own at the eight-minute mark, and they threatened to follow up again, but their pass intercepted by Flanagan-Sjoberg.
In the dying stages of the third quarter, Charlton put on her own display with some impressive foot work which allowed her to hit up Elyse Haylock.
The ball would then eventually fall into the hands of Kirk, whose goal after the siren gave South Adelaide a strong 5.2 (32) to 2.1 (13) lead at the final break.
With seventeen minutes of footy left to play, Madison Bennett provided the first highlight of the final term as she took the ball for a run along the wing.
Meanwhile, Lauren Buchanan continued to be impressive down in defence while Brianna Wedding continued to provide a strong presence around the stoppages.
Unfortunately, a string of costly free kicks would see Glenelg boot their third goal of the game, but it would also prove to be the Tigers final goal of the match.
The dying stages of the game saw some desperate attacking from the Panthers, as tired bodies tried to sneak through one last goal.
But just as it looked as if there was going to be no further scores, a quick snap by Cheyenne Hammond gave the Panthers the final goal of the match.
Fittingly and slightly poetically, the goal was just Hammond's second in the SANFLW, with the first coming during Round One, 2018, which was also against the Tigers.
The final siren would sound only seconds later to hand South Adelaide the much needed 6.4 (40) to 3.3 (21) win.
South Adelaide currently sit one and a half games clear in second spot with two rounds left, and the Panthers now face Central District at Thebarton Oval on Saturday 25 July, from 12noon.

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About the Author:Jayden Bartlett

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