Women's Match Report: Fast finish propels South past Central District
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South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 6 - Flinders University Stadium - 30/03/19
Goals: Walker-Murphy 4, Goding, Charlton, Campbell, Kirk, Munyard
Best: Tahau, Hammond, Wright, Charlton, Johnson, Campbell
Injuries: Brockhurst (knee)
South Adelaide's senior women shrugged off a sluggish start to register a comfortable win over Central District at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers dominated proceedings, but took until the second half to put away a 9.7 (61) to 1.3 (9) victory against the competition new comers.
Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession (273 - 166) and overwhelming time in their forward half (44 - 12) South struggled to put a score on the board in the first half.
Danielle Goding got the home side off the mark with a strong mark and conversion early in the piece, but it would be the Panthers only major score of the first half.
Centrals even managed to take a lead into the first two changes after being gifted a shot on goal thanks to a 150m penalty paid for an anti-density infringement.
Likewise, it would be the only goal the Bulldogs could manage in the first half and in fact for the entire match.
Their ineffectiveness in front of goal aside, South put together some nice passages of play that just lacked the polish to punish their opponents on the scoreboard.
Young forward Indy Tahau continued to impress with her relentless attack on the footy and strong hands in the air, clunking seven marks and pumping nine inside 50s into attack on her way to a best on ground performance.
As the Panthers dominant possession you could throw a blanket over a number of solid performers that helped turn the tide in the second half.
Cheyenne Hammond (20 touches and five tackles) and Sarah Wright (17 possessions) were solid helping lock the ball in South's forward half, while Emogen Johnson (17 touches) and Nicole Campbell (20 disposals, seven tackles and a goal) were lively through the middle of the ground.
Teah Charlton was again impressive with 22 disposals, eight tackles and a goal in another well rounded performance.
The only sour note of the match came in the form of a knee injury to young defender Emily Brockhurst, who was stretchered from the field after awkwardly twisting her knee in front of the scoreboard.
South looked a different side after the major break and the goals began to flow quickly as the game opened up.
Jess Kirk broke the stalemate after some strong aerial work from Montana McKinnon and quick hands from Ely Haussen to release her for a running shot on goal.
From this point on the Panthers were well on top, with Mykala Walker-Murphy and Hannah Munyard pouncing on two Bulldogs mistakes.
Walker-Murphy added the first of her four goals as she scooped up a Centrals fumble on the last line of defence, before Munyard marked unopposed from a Madison Bennett kick following a Bulldogs kick in missing the mark and dribbling out of bounds last touch.
All in all South turned for home with a 20-point lead.
Campbell got the last quarter off to a fast start as she was released to kick on goal in space within two minutes of the restart.
A three goal surge from Walker-Murphy pushed the result beyond doubt.
The first soccered on the goal line, the second an opportunistic snap and the third also booted off the deck after some quick follow up work from a dropped lead mark.
Last week's Advertiser Player of the Week, Charlton iced the game with a neat chip shot right at the siren.
The result holds South Adelaide firmly in second place on the ladder, just a win back from the undefeated Norwood.
Round 7 action sees the Panthers face Glenelg in the first of two consecutive meetings at ACH Group Stadium (Glenelg) this Friday evening, with action getting under way from 5.15pm.
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