Bloods battle to dramatic victory

CELEBRATION: Central Augusta players celebrate their dramatic Spencer Gulf football triumph against Port on Saturday. Photo: Facebook, Central Augusta Football Club
CELEBRATION: Central Augusta players celebrate their dramatic Spencer Gulf football triumph against Port on Saturday. Photo: Facebook, Central Augusta Football Club

Central Augusta overcame wayward kicking to record a thrilling three-point Spencer Gulf Football League A grade victory away to Port on Saturday.

The Bloods kicked the only two goals of the final term to win a low-scoring encounter 5.14 (44) to 6.5 (41), their second win of the season.

Port grabbed the first two goals of the match as Central Augusta could only manage three behinds for an 11-point margin at quarter-time.

Clay Muirhead responded early in the second quarter, only for Port to push forward with two majors that extended the lead to 15 points.

As half-time approached two Bloods' goals saw the gap reduced to four points at the main break.

It was tough going for both sides in the third term as Port edged ahead with the only two goals of the quarter, as Central Augusta added a solitary behind to their tally.

Yet it was all Central Augusta in the final term as they turned a 16-point deficit into victory.

The visitors had the momentum but struggled to make it count on the scoreboard as eight behinds threatened to turn the final quarter into a case of what may have been.

It was left to Muirhead to fire through the middle, before Milo Press came up with the winning goal two minutes from the final siren, as Port could only add a behind in the quarter.

Muirhead finished with three goals, while Port's Liam Dreaver booted two.

Elsewhere, West Augusta fell to a 23-point defeat at Central Oval against Solomontown.

The Hawks battled back from a poor opening quarter yet it was not enough as Sollies triumphed 12.9 (81) to 7.16 (58).

Solomontown kicked seven goals in a dominant start to the afternoon, with only Tyron Warren and Tye Starkey-Treloar keeping West in the hunt.

The hosts reduced the 28-point margin in the second term, enjoying the better of the quarter with three goals to two to trail by only 17 at the main break.

Both teams could only add one goal apiece in the third term, yet it could have been worse for the Hawks as Sollies were wasteful in adding eight behinds.

Despite the 24-point gap there was still a chance for West Augusta, who spurned opportunities in front of goal in the fourth quarter to kick one goal and eight behinds.

Sollies kicked a goal either side of Hayden Warren's major to secure a second win of the season.

Corey Davey did the damage with six majors and fellow Cat Josef Caputo added three, while Starkey-Treloar and Warren booted two each for Wests.

Meanwhile, PropRisdon powered past South Augusta after half-time for a comfortable win by 79 points at Memorial Oval.

The Lions booted 13 goals in the second half for a 19.19 (133) to 7.12 (54) result.

There was not much in it during the first term as South led by nine points after kicking two goals to one.

That changed in the second term with PropRisdon dominating, but not totally making it count on the scoreboard, with five goals and nine behinds to the Bulldogs' two goals and four behinds.

The Lions led by 14 points at half-time and pushed clear in the third term as they kicked six goals to one.

This continued in the final quarter with a further seven goals while South Augusta could only manage two replies.

Luke Edwards was the chief destroyer in the forward 50 with six goals, as South's Kyle Aitken and Jake Collins booted two apiece.