League Match Report: Dramatic draw at the Bay
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League Match Report
South Adelaide @ Glenelg
Round 3 - ACH Grouop Stadium - 13/04/19
Goals: Overall 3, Fitt, Cailotto 2, Cross, Schwarz
Best: Schwarz, Haines, Overall, Haren, Crabb, Davis
Injuries: Schwarz (wrist)
South Adelaide and Glenelg have played out a dramatic draw at ACH Group Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers looked in control with a 35-point lead early in the final term, but the Bays stormed home to kick six of the last seven goals and level a 9.16 (70) to 10.10 (70) stalemate.
South will be ruing some inaccurate finishing in front of the big sticks that could have put the margin beyond reach, while the Tigers could likewise have pinched an unlikely victory if not for some wayward kicking in the dying stages.
It was a particularly empty result for the Panthers given the occasion of beloved club man Bradley Crabb's 200th appearance in blue and white.
A bright light of the afternoon was the strong performance of Nic Schwarz, who impressed with 22 touches, eight tackles, six clearances and a goal as he continues to round into form after a year on the sidelines.
Joseph Haines (23 touches) found plenty of the ball down back, while Crabb stood tall against Liam McBean, who was coming off of a bag of nine goals against the Crows, and Ben Haren (18 disposals and six marks) looks at home in his new role in the Panthers back six.
Up forward Sam Overall was the shining light, shaking off injury concerns around his groin from Round 2, catching everything that came his way and slotting three goals for the game.
The visitors did start the more positive of the combatants.
Alex Cailotto broke a 10 minute deadlock after taking a strong pack mark and kicking truly
Dangerous Tigers forward Josh Scott and big-bodied Panther Liam Fitt exchanged major scores before Cailotto's second at the quartertime siren bumped the Panthers lead to 13 at the first break.
Overall got his first on the board in the second term with a remarkable soccered effort off the deck, but Josh Koster soon replied for the Bays.
Both teams continued to be wasteful in front of goals, combining for 6.11 as they headed to the rooms. However, the Panthers looked in charge of proceedings with a three-goal lead.
The third term maintained a similar path, with the teams struggling with their radar and South just edging out Glenelg on the scoreboard to take a six-goal lead to the final break.
The theme looked to persist once Joel Cross goalled in the fifth minute to bump the buffer to 35 points.
However, the game flipped remarkably on it's head as the Bays strong armed control of the match.
A running goal to Jesse White and two to Luke Hosie cut the lead to 17, before Overall stood coolly at the drop of the ball and steadied to slot his third against the run of play.
It wouldn't prove enough to stop Glenelg's charge though, as the hosts got their tails up and began to run riot out of stoppage.
Even a horrific broken arm suffered by spearhead Scott couldn't stem the flow of Tigers goals.
Behinds to Marlon Motlop, McBean and Luke Reynolds and a spinning snap sent out on the full by Finn Betterman got the Tigers within inches of an unlikely win, but ultimately nothing could separate the two sides by the final siren.
The result sees South move down to second on the ladder, half a game off of an unbeaten Norwood outfit and sets up an intriguing contest with the Crows on Easter Saturday, who knocked off Woodville-West Torrens in Round 2.
Make sure to get out to Flinders University Stadium (Noarlunga) next Saturday (2.40pm, Saturday, April 20) to cheer the Panthers on.
The match will be preceded by the Grand Final rematch between South Adelaide and Norwood's women's teams (12:30pm).
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