Goolwa/Port Elliot shocks Yankalilla in Great Southern football

RIGHT SPOT: Willunga's Brad Haskett has the drop on McLaren's Codey Ellison and prepares to take the football and break away on Saturday.
RIGHT SPOT: Willunga's Brad Haskett has the drop on McLaren's Codey Ellison and prepares to take the football and break away on Saturday.

The Tigers strolled in to Goolwa looking for a percentage boost, but the home side set things up early and held on for a gritty seven point win.

With a star studded line up, the Tigers looked like a team that would not only win this one easy, but make a charge towards the top five, but Goolwa/Port Elliot had other ideas as they played an impressive first term into a stiff breeze.

The duel between Godwin-Knott and Lee was pivotal. Godwin-Knott was on top early and his mids in Cinc and Stoldt reaped the rewards.

Ferguson looked dangerous up forward and down back and James Fry was in everything as he dominated the quarter. At the first change, Goolwa/Port Elliot were up by 12 points.

It was the Magpies turn with the breeze, but kicking against it forced the Tigers to carry the footy and they looked better as Gotch and Laba got busy. Stoldt kicked a beauty for the Magpies, but the Tigers responded with three goals, with James and Fitzgerald involved.

When Durdin kicked Yank's fourth they were back and looking ominous with Durdin, Fitzgerald and Braelneder posing issues for the home side.

A big bomb from Cuthbert after the siren was enough to keep the Magpies in front by 13 points. With Lee and Luke Durdin struggling with leg issues and with McConnell off to hospital after a nasty clash, Goolwa/Port Elliot had some belief.

In the third term, a big one was needed by the Tigers with the aid of the wind. Laba was outstanding as he won everything within his vicinity and Gotch and Shute also battled hard.

The Tigers were on top with three for the term, including another class finish by James, but they found it hard going without their ruckman, as Godwin-Knott won everything. The Fry boys performed well and Paul fought fire with fire, but even after a late goal to Neville, the Tigers had trimmed the margin to just one point at the final break

The final term was nail biting. Ferguson kicked his fourth early and when Marsh scooped up a ball rover like, it appeared a long way back for Yank.

Braelender was working extremely hard to break the game open, as to was Brad Fitzgerald, but it was all in vain as the Magpie back six, lead by James Fry, gave nothing away. In the end, it was the first term that set it up for the Magpies as they snuck home by 7 points.

Their best were James Fry, Godwin-Knott, Cinc and Stoldt while the Tigers looked dangerous with Fitzgerald and Durdin forward and were well serviced by Shute, Gotch and Laba as their clear best.


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