League Match Report: Eagles too strong at Woodville.
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South Adelaide @ Woodville-West Torrens
Round 8 - Maughan Thiem Kia Oval - 1/06/19
Goals: Fitt 2, Bogle, Overall, Liddle, Karpany
Best: Cross, Heaslip, Liddle, Overall
A costly second half saw the Panthers fall to a 42-point loss in a tough game against the Eagles at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval on Saturday.
The Panthers started strong kicking two goals to the Eagles none in the first quarter.
However, after half time South Adelaide managed just two goals and four behinds while the Eagles collected eight goals and nine behinds.
South Adelaide's second loss of the season sees them sit fourth on the ladder, a game below Norwood and just three points off top spot.
The Panthers kicked the first goal of the game through Nick Liddle within the first two minutes of the game.
Sam Overall takes a strong mark. Image: Nick Hook Photography.
Malcolm Karpany would follow up late in the quarter to give the Panthers a 2.4 (16) to 0.4 (4) lead at the first break.
Karpany would go on to finish with an impressive nine tackles as well as two marks and 13 disposals for the visitors.
However, the Eagles struck back with three unanswered goals through Lonergan, Guilhaus and Redden but the Panthers were able to respond with debutant, Luke Bogle (12 disposals and seven tackles) kicking his first senior goal.
Ben Heaslip was busy for the Panthers, collecting 21 disposals, five tackles and four clearances and so was Liddle with 21 disposals, two marks and four clearances.
Abe Davis was also getting busy in the contest with 14 disposals, six tackles and four clearances.
Jack Hayes kicked one for the home side late in the quarter but Sam Overall was able to respond to send the Panthers into halftime with a one-point deficit.
The Eagles enjoyed first use of the ball, winning the hit outs with 45 to Souths 35 and the clearances with 41 to Souths 38.
However, South Adelaide's defence stood firm despite the immense pressure with the Eagles finishing with 53 inside 50s to Souths 39.
While Alex Cailotto did his best to help in the ruck, finishing with 12 hit outs and ten disposals.
Coming out after halftime, Liam Fitt (12 disposals and three marks) goaled within the first two minutes to give the Panthers the lead.
The game was a struggle between two strong midfields, with the Panthers recording 85 tackles to the Eagles 61.
However, the Eagles began to take hold of the game, kicking the next five goals to finish of the third quarter and to give the Panthers a 25-point deficit at the final break.
Starting the final quarter, Fitt once again scored within the first two minutes but the Eagles responded with three goals through Sharrad, Goldsworthy and Johnansen to hand the Panthers a 42-point loss.
Also impressive was Overall, who finished with 17 disposals as well as six marks, eight tackles and six inside 50s.
The Panthers will now face Norwood at Flinders University Stadium on Monday, June 10, from 2:10pm.
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