Under-18 Match Report: Round 14 vs Glenelg
Under-18 Match Report
South Adelaide vs Glenelg
Round 14 - Flinders University Stadium - 17/07/2021
Goals: Delean 2, Bradley, Hoeck, Howes, Inthavong
Best: Bradley, Jones, Schirmer, Hayes, Mitton, Verrall
Panthers claim Redemption: The South Adelaide Under-18s defeated the ladder-leading Tigers by 10-points during a hard-fought clash at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.
The Panthers, who currently sit just one point below the second spot, managed to dig deep and hold off the fast-finishing Tigers to claim the impressive win, 6.7 (43) to 4.9 (33).
The last time these two faced off was Round Seven, and the Tigers came out on top with a 103-point win. However, from the first bounce, it looked as if the Panthers had a different outcome in mind for this clash.
Playing in tough conditions, scoring was hard to come by throughout the match and the opening term was no exception.
Glenelg opened the scoring with a behind after just a minute of play but the next score, which was also the first major of the game, would not come until the seventeenth-minute mark when Delean opened his account.
Then Noah Howes struck late to hand the Panthers a promising 2.0 (12) to 0.1 (1) lead at the first break.
The second term was Glenelg's turn to use the conditions to their advantage and, with two goals in as many minutes, they took the lead.
But mirroring the opening term, the Panthers had the answer as Hugo Hoeck stepped up with the lead-taking goal during the dying minutes of the first half.
After some close calls from Glenelg, Angus Bradley got things going during the third term with a much-needed goal. Minutes later, Delean struck as well with his second major of the match.
However, the goals once again dried up, but more importantly, the Panthers entered the final break holding a 5.3 (33) to 2.7 (19) lead. Yet they still had to defend against the Tigers who would come home with the favourable conditions.
The three-goal lead was quickly cut to one as the Tigers struck within the second minute of play. It would be some time before they would register their next onebut this cut the Panthers lead to just 4 points.
Holding a four-point lead with six minutes left, the Panthers showed their composure and class as they were able to steady and, thanks to Lachlan Inthavong, bump their lead back up to 10 points.
The siren would sound minutes later to hand the Panthers the hard-fought 6.7 (43) to 4.9 (33) win.
South Adelaide Under-18s will look to keep this fine form going when they clash with West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium on Saturday, 24 July, from 11:30am.
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