Reserves Match Report: Round 4 - South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Reserves Match Report
South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Round 4 - City Mazda Stadium - 24/04/18
Goals: Gurney, Whittlesea 2, Szust, Aurrichio, Kappler, Helyar, Hoey
Best: Szust, Kreuger, Taylor, Helyar, Whittlesea
South Adelaide's Reserves fell two point short against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium on ANZAC Day eve.
A slow start proved costly for the Panthers as the Bloods set themselves up to defeat the visitors 9.3 (57) to 8.11 (59).
West shot out to a 21-point lead at the first break, which would ultimately prove too large of a deficit for South to reel in.
The Panthers did work their way back into the game, taking a momentary lead at the start of the third quarter though an Alex Aurrichio goal.
However, it was only short lived as the hosts kicked the next two.
Goals to Kangaroo Island products Sam Gurney and Coby Helyar either side of the final change drew the scores level momentarily before a pair of behinds nudged West's noses in front again.
South did return to the lead late in the final term, much to the confusion of those in attendance as the Richmond Oval scoreboard began to malfunction, as Tom Whittlesea kicked truly.
However, a costly free paid down field against South with less than a minute to play would help restore the lead for the home side.
Youngsters Cody Szust (22 touches and seven tackles) and Coby Helyar (17 and five) found their fair share of the ball.
While the athletic Nathan Kreuger was impressive after a move to defence helped stem the flow of early West Adelaide goals.
Scott Taylor was also handy down back with 20 disposals and six marks, while Tom Whittlesea put in a competitive response to being sent back to the Reserves with two goals from seven marks.
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