League Match Report: Panthers edged out by the Eagles
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South Adelaide vs Eagles
Round 13 - Flinders University Stadium -13/07/19
Goals: Overall, Cross, Liddle, Whittlesea 2, Sampson, Karpany, Noble, Davis, Biemans
Best: Davis, Cross, Summerton, Cailotto, Haines
Injuries: Schwarz (Hand)
The Panthers suffer a heartbreaking three-point loss to the Eagles at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.
South Adelaide led at every change but took too long to regroup after a late charge by the Eagles, falling to a bitter 13.11 (89) to 14.8 (92) loss.
Both sides struggled to gain a buffer over the other, with the first half of the game being a shoot out between the two teams.
The Panthers made the most of their momentum to increase their lead to 20-points late in the third quarter.
However, the Eagles would respond by kicking six of the next seven goals and would lead by 17 points mid-way through the final term.
Two goals in the dying stages of the match caused a frantic final few minutes for the Panthers, who couldn't get the match winner going down by three points.
Despite the loss, South Adelaide still hold onto a finals spot as they currently sit fifth on the ladder.
The first goal of the game came from the Eagles with Foote scoring at the fifth minute mark of the first quarter.
Anthony Biemans (eight disposals and five tackles) would reply with the Panthers first of the day just three minutes later.
Then at the twelfth minute the mark, the Eagles would respond again with a goal from Rowe before Thomas Whittlesea (eight disposals and three marks) would strike back just two minutes later.
The shoot out continued into the dying stages of the quarter, with Moore scoring for the Eagles at the twenty third minute mark and Mark Noble (17 disposals, four tackles and three clearances) replying shortly after to give the Panthers a 3.4 (22) to 3.0 (18) lead at the first break.
South Adelaide struck first in the second quarter, with Malcolm Karpany (13 disposals and seven tackles) kicking truly after just a minute into the quarter.
However, once again the Eagles would reply, and the shootout would continue.
Hayden Sampson (12 disposals, five tackles and two clearances) would kick his first of the game before Hall would reply for the visitors.
A great clearance followed up by a strong pack mark by Sam Overall (seven disposals, four marks and three tackles) saw South reply once again.
However, Rowe would kick his second of the game for the Eagles to send South into halftime with a narrow 6.7 (43) to 6.4 (40) lead.
Joe Haines continued his run of strong performances, finishing with 23 disposals, three tackles and ten rebound 50s.
Meanwhile, Ben Heaslip was also busy collecting 20 disposals, eight tackles and seven clearances.
Coming out after halftime, it was the Eagles who kicked the first goal before Nick Liddle (13 disposals, four tackles and four clearances) could reply back for the Panthers.
However, this time the Eagles didn't reply back, and South began to create a buffer over the Eagles.
Just one minute later, Overall kicked his second goal of the game and then Joel Cross (18 disposals, seven tackles, four marks and four clearances) kicked his first of the game as the Panthers began to take control.
Best on ground for the Panthers, Abe Davis (26 disposals, six marks and six clearances) kicked truly to give South Adelaide a 20-point margin.
However, the Eagles fought back, kicking two goals in five minutes to see South lead 10.8 (68) to 9.7 (61) at the last break.
The Eagles continued the fourth quarter with the same momentum, kicking four of the first five goals for the quarter with the only exception being Cross' second goal of the game.
Trailing by 17 points midway through the final quarter, the Panthers refused to roll over.
Liddle kicked his second of the game then Whittlesea goaled at the twenty-fifth-minute mark to cut the deficit to under a goal.
South Adelaide continually pushed for the last goal, booming the ball forwards at every chance.
However, most were marked by the Eagles and the time would run out for the Panthers.
South Adelaide now face Norwood in a crucial clash at Coopers Stadium on Saturday, July 20 from 2:10pm.