SGL Round 4: South Augusta beat Port by 29 points

FOOTBALL: Will Bolitho was among the best players in South's win over Port. PHOTO: South Augusta Football Club.

FOOTBALL: Will Bolitho was among the best players in South's win over Port. PHOTO: South Augusta Football Club.

South Augusta have maintained their undefeated status with a 29-point win over Port in a ‘top-of-the-table’ clash at Central Oval.

South were undermanned with Aziel Stuart, Billy-Jo Russell and Kahran McKenzie all missing, but still came in full of confidence off the back of their big win over Lions.

On the other hand, Port were also missing a key part of their side, with number one ruckman Kieran Mohen out.

The first five minutes of the game were some of the poorest from Port this season, as they allowed South to get off to a great start and kick the first three goals.

Port fought back hard though and brought the game back on their terms.

South were finding it hard to get the ball cleanly out of defence, as Port were providing a real challenge for them.

South held on to their lead to take a five-point advantage into quarter time, but Port were getting plenty of repeat entries inside 50 in the second quarter.

Both sides were held to no goals for the first 21 minutes of the quarter, but the drought was finally broken by Lionel Brown kicking his second.

But Port replied instantly, creating an opportunity for Corey Grove to kick a goal right before the half time siren sounded. Grove made no mistake and kept the margin to six points at the long break.

Port were looking to continue to prove they were a big threat after half time, but the second half started similarly to the first.

Clayton Milera capped off a good showing in the first half with a quick goal in the third term, before his side piled on the next three.

South’s class was beginning to show, as they took control of the game.

Mitchell Collins kept Port alive with a late goal, but they still had to make up a 25-point deficit.

Greg Phillips gave Port another boost with an early goal in the last quarter, but it was South who responded through Lionel Brown and Tom Hamilton to ice the game and take a 29-point win.

South come up against Central on Saturday, May 19 and are expected to take their fifth win from as many games, while Port face up against second-placed Solomontown.