MRS Property Reserves Round 1 Match Report: Panthers fall to the Eagles
MRS Property Reserves Match Report
South Adelaide vs Eagles
Round 1 - Maughan Thiem Kia Oval - 28/6/20
Goals: Elmes, Machin, McKinnon 2, Bogle, Lippett, Rosman, Oliver, Cameron
South Adelaide's Reserves fall to narrow eight-point loss against Woodville-West Torrens at Woodville Oval on Sunday.
The Panthers led by 19 points at halftime, but after losing players to injury they struggled to hold off the fast-finishing Eagles and fell to a 11.2 (68) to 12.4 (76) loss to start the year.
It was the Eagles who booted the first goal of the game after just two minutes of play, and what followed was an even matchup between the two sides as both backlines held firm.
It would not be until the 15th minute mark of the first term that the Panthers would be on the board with their first of the day.
This goal would open the game up during the dying stages of the opening quarter and the Panthers headed into the first break with an accurate 4.0 (24) to 2.1 (13) lead.
This accurate dominance continued into the second quarter as the Panthers began to take control of the match and headed into the main break with a promising 7.2 (44) to 4.1 (25) lead.
However, the third term saw the Eagles begin to cut the Panthers' lead, and to make matters worse, South Adelaide were playing with one less rotation as they lost a man late in the third quarter.
Playing with one less man, the Panthers defence continued to be heckled by repeated Eagles' inside 50s and by the final break, the Panthers lead was cut to just four points.
South Adelaide were able to steady with a goal after just two minutes of play during the final quarter however, it did not take long for the Eagles to respond and once again cut South's lead to single digits.
Just 50 seconds later, the Eagles would strike again to take the lead away from the Panthers for the first time since the opening quarter.
The Eagles began to take the game away from the Panthers thanks to back to back goals, and while trailing by 15 points the Panthers would once again be struck by injury.
However, refusing to give up without a fight, South Adelaide did manage to sneak a goal back late but the siren sounded before the ball could be bounce to give the Panthers a narrow 11.2 (68) to 12.4 (76) defeat to kick off their 2020 season.
The South Adelaide Reserves now look towards Glenelg and will clash with the Tigers at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, July 4 from 10:30 am.
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