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COTTS' CORNER ROUND 2 VS PORT ADELAIDE
18/04/2017 3:44:02 PM

Jarrod Cotton- Match Report Analysis:

Round 2 Norwood FC V Port Adelaide, Coopers Stadium

Norwood went down to Port Adelaide in a nail-biting finish at the Parade.

The Norwood Football Club was defeated by the Port Magpies by three points in a thrilling contest at the Parade on Friday night.

In a game which had everything, Robert Young was the hero for the Magpies, snapping a goal from 20 metres out resulting in our first loss for 2017.

The Norwood faithful hoped Mitch Grigg’s effort with seconds remaining was enough, however Ports intensity around the ball won them the game, as they left the Parade with the two Premiership points.

Norwood FC Head Coach Jarrod Cotton admitted his players were inconsistent after Norwood started the match well, leading by 19 points at quarter time.

“I thought we started really well,” said Cotton.

“First quarter, our pressure was really high, our tackle count was good, our ball movement was fast, and we kicked five goals four so we were able to put some pressure on the score board.

“Then in the second and third quarter we dropped our intensity around the footy. We let them chip the ball around and we didn’t defend as well.

After quarter time Norwood were unable to gain territory, with Port Adelaide dominant in all areas. However, the Redlegs determined defence worked hard as Port Adelaide were unable to put Norwood to the sword until the remaining seconds of the match, despite numerous inside 50’s.

Cotton commended Port’s efforts by mentioning how well the Magpies played, which allowed them to gain a lead heading into three-quarter time.

“I think the opposition played a lot better in the second quarter and defended better. Their intensity around the footy lifted also, making it hard for us to combat” Cotton said.

“I said to the playing group footy is all about momentum. They (Port) got the momentum, used it quite well and they really could have put more scoreboard pressure on in the third quarter, especially early.

“We fought the game out really well and had the opportunity to win it but we weren’t good enough in the end”.

Cotton admitted that consistency throughout the match will need to be improved on if Norwood is a chance of defeating West Adelaide. The key areas of ground ball gets and tackle pressure will be of focus in the lead up to Friday night’s game.

SCOREBOARD

PORT ADELAIDE 3.2 7.6 8.13 12.17 (89)

NORWOOD 5.4 7.4 10.7 13.8 (86)

BEST - Shenton, Baulderstone, Bode, Kirwan, Grigg, Georgiou.

GOALS - Bartlett, Grigg 2, Roocke, Panos, Johnston, Phillips, Webber, Dawe, Kirwan, Georgiou, Levicki.

CROWD – 4759

UMPIRES - Bowen, Broadbent, Sobieraj.

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