Goolwa/Port Elliot defeats Myponga/Sellicks in football

Strathalbyn key forward Ben Simounds was best on ground on Saturday, but was caught behind on this occasion chasing Demon Roy Jolly.
Strathalbyn key forward Ben Simounds was best on ground on Saturday, but was caught behind on this occasion chasing Demon Roy Jolly.

Goolwa/Port Elliot  won the toss and kicked with a four goal breeze with their away fixture with Myponga-Sellicks and Ebert was the first to convert with a goal after a strong mark 40 metres out.

The Magpies were winning the clearances and kept the ball in their forward lies where Ebert again goaled, then Slattery kicked true.

The Mudlarks worked the ball over the back where Hassan got on the end to score their first, but Slattery replied quickly to draw Goolwa/Port Elliot further ahead. With 15 seconds to go Brown was legged in the goal square and kicked true to keep the Mudlarks in touch.

In the second quarter the Mudlarks controlled the ball, but poor decision and execution prevented them from scoring.

Clarke split the pack and kicked true for the only score for the quarter from both sides as the Magpies entered half time with a 12 point lead.

The breeze began to ease as the third quarter started, but Goolwa/Port Elliot applied more pressure with Hicks in the middle and Nissan on the wing creating forward entries where Slattery, McKinlay and Hicks all kicking goals.

Hicks dobbed two for the term and was being the most influential player on the ground.

Ogilvie, Watson,  Paech and Bartezko were tested for the Mudlarks, as the ball spent much of the quarter in the Goolwa/Port Elliot forward line. The Magpies led by 38 points at the last break.

The Mudlarks continued to work hard at the contests with James Hutchinson getting his good share of taps in the ruck, Macrow  bobbed up with two inside 50 entries followed by two goals, but the Magpies sealed the game with goals to McKinlay and Slattery to snub out any comeback.

Haverty chipped in late to add one for the Mudlarks to bring the margin back to 29 points.

The Mudlarks never gave up.

The Magpies used the ball better the whole day compared to the Mudlarks, who worked hard, but failed to complete their forward thrusts efficiently.

Goolwa/Port Elliot have an eye on the finals once again this season and at full strength will test any side in the competition.