SAFCW Match Report: Round 4 - South Adelaide vs North Adelaide
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SAFCW Match Report
South Adelaide vs North Adelaide
Round 4 - Flinders University Stadium - 15/03/19
Goals: Tahau, Kirk, Walker-Murphy, Browne, Campbell
Best: Gore, Campbell, Munyard, Hammond, Tahau, Walker-Murphy
South Adelaide' senior women pulled off a remarkable comeback win over North Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Friday evening.
Nicole Campbell was the hero for the home side, coolly slotting the match-winning goal from 20m out with just five second remaining to cap off an incredible turnaround.
The Panthers trailed by as many as 29 points midway through the second quarter, but piled on five of the last four goals of the game to run out stunning 5.9 (39) to 6.2 (38) winners on the evening.
The Roosters started the better of the two teams, slamming home the first four goals of the game and holding South scoreless through the first quarter.
It took until the 14th minute of the second for the Panthers to register a major score, as young forward Indy Tahau fended off her opponent and curled one home at the northern end.
The Panthers were dominating possession (224 - 171) and time in their forward half (12 inside 50s to 36), but struggled to put on any serious scoreboard pressure.
Inaccuracy in front of goals was the theme of the second term and South headed into the change rooms with a 21-point defecit to overcome.
However, South began to wrestle their way ontop of the contest after halftime as their best players continued to get their hands on the footy.
Nikki Gore (24 touches) and Campbell (14 possessions) continued to work the ball forward, while Hannah Munyard and Cheyenne Hammond started to influence the game with their trademark run and carry.
Repeat forward entries eventually turned into repeat scores. Mykala Walker-Murphy got on the end of a couple of neat passes and slotted her first of the evening midway through the third.
Jess Kirk added South's second of the term with a spectacular soccered shot off the deck and all of a sudden the difference was back to eight points.
A goal to Alana Browne early in the final quarter cut the margin to a single point and an upset victory looked to be brewing as the Panthers surged forward with all of the momentum.
However, minutes later Emma Gryczewski was whistled for a push in the back after a heavy tackle at the top of the goal square.
North's Christie Castle converted the simple set shot and with their lead back out to a two kick advantage halfway through the final stanza the Roosters looked back in the drivers seat.
South refused to lay down and continued to work the ball forward. A handy behind to Walker-Murphy and a rushed behind brought the margin back within a kick and set up a grandstand finish.
With 80 seconds to play, and a five point lead in hand, North received a free kick for high contact in the middle of the centre square and things looked dire for a Panthers comeback.
However, Montana McKinnon cut off the kick down the line and fed the ball back to Gryczewski. Her kick went wide to the feet of Munyard, who stepped inside and threaded a neat pass to Teah Charlton.
She played on to her preferred right foot and shot a speculative ball to Kirk, which was crumbed cleanly by Walker-Murphy who just got boot to ball before being dragged down just inside the forward 50.
Campbell read it best and took a strong chest mark 20m out on a slight angle before calmly walking back and converting the matching-winning set shot.
The win leaves South in third position on the ladder on equal points with second placed Glenelg and just a win behind competition leaders Norwood.
Round 5 action sees the Panthers take on SANFL Statewide Super Women's League newbies Woodville-West Torrens at 3:45pm this Saturday at Flinders University Stadium, following the Reserves (10:30am) and League (1:10pm) trials also against the Eagles.
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