League Match Report: Panthers fall just short against the Redlegs
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South Adelaide vs Norwood
Round 9 - Flinders University Stadium - 10/06/19
Goals: Cross 4, Karpany, Emery 2, Fitt, Haines, Noble, Whittlesea, Heaslip
Best: Cross, Cailotto, Davis, Karpany, Liddle, Summerton
A late fightback by South Adelaide was not enough as the Panthers fell just two points short of Norwood at Flinders University Stadium on Monday.
The Panthers started the best out of the two sides, leading at halftime 7.6 (48) to 5.3 (33).
However, the Panthers managed just two goals to Norwood's seven in the third quarter, leaving the side with plenty to do in the final quarter.
South Adelaide managed to storm home strong kicking the last four goals of the game, but the comeback was put to bed as the siren sounded just as the ball was trailing back inside the forward 50.
Norwood kicked the first goal of the match after just three minutes of play. However, Liam Fitt (ten disposals) was able to strike back for the home side.
Malcolm Karpany (22 disposals and four inside 50s) would follow up with a goal of his own just six minutes later before Norwood struck back with two goals in two minutes.
Karpany would kick his second goal of the game, but not much later a goal by Grigg saw the Panthers go into the first break with a four-point deficit.
As South Adelaide was without a ruckman, Alex Cailotto took over the role and was a huge influence in the midfield with 12 clearances and ten hit outs. He finished with 31 disposals which is one of the highest gathered by a South Adelaide ruckman during a single game in history.
Joel Cross was at his best, kicking the first three goals of the second quarter in just nine minutes. Cross would go to be named the best on ground after a performance which saw him collect 33 disposals, seven inside 50s and kick four goals.
15 minutes in, Norwood's Cole Gerloff would kick his team's first and only goal for the quarter.
Joseph Haines (24 disposals and eight rebound 50s), would kick truly late in the quarter to give the Panthers a 15-point buffer at the main break.
However, Norwood would kick two goals in the space of a minute in the early stages of the third quarter.
Tom Whittlesea (13 disposals and six inside 50s) managed to get one back for the home side, but the visitors continued to push with the wind behind their backs, kicking two straight goals.
Abe Davis was busy around the ground, collecting 30 disposals, seven marks and created plenty of chances with seven inside 50s.
The Panthers were able to steady through a goal by Mark Noble (25 disposals and five marks) late in the quarter. However, two very late goals by Norwood saw the Panthers face a 15-point defect at the final change.
Back to back goals by Norwood in the first eight minutes looked to be the game-winners for the visitors. But South Adelaide refused to give and came home strong.
Kyle Emery (six tackles and eight disposals) kicked back to back goals mid-way through the last before Cross would claim his fourth goal of the match.
In the dying stages, a goal on the run by Ben Heaslip (19 disposals and five clearances) cut the deficit to just two points.
South Adelaide had repeated inside 50s right at the end of the match, however, two were marked by the opposition and the siren sounded before a third could be attempted.
Nick Liddle was impressive around the ground, finishing with six clearances, three marks, and 31 disposals.
Meanwhile, Jake Summerton was strong down back, finishing with 18 disposals as well as four marks and four rebound 50s. Tyson Brown was also strong down back, collecting a team-high seven tackles as well as 17 disposals and four marks.
Despite the loss, the Panthers still sit fourth on the ladder and now face Glenelg at Flinders University Stadium on Sunday, June 16, from 2:10pm.
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