Power beat Suns for two straight

Sportal May 26, 2012, 5:34 pm
Jackson Trengove

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Port Adelaide unleashed a seven-goal third quarter on their way to a comfortable 48-point win over the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

Travis Boak was outstanding as the Power turned it on after half-time with five goals in 10 minutes to blow the game open, before cruising home 17.16 (118) to 10.10 (70).

Matthew Broadbent booted two goals for the term but it was the work of Boak and Danyle Pearce who left the Suns in their wake after another pedestrian period of play which cost them the game.

After going into half-time trailing by a point, the Suns were suddenly looking at a 44-point deficit with a quarter to play.

Boak finished with 28 disposals to go with three goals, while Pearce gathered 28 possessions, four marks and a goal - though much of his input won't register on the stats sheet.

The Suns briefly revived memories of 2011 - when they came from 40 points down to snatch their maiden AFL victory over Port - with the first three goals of the final term, closing the gap to 30 points with 13 minutes to play.

But that fightback lost all momentum when Sam Day missed a kickable goal, before Port marched down the field and Justin Westhoff snapped one from the pocket.

Day used his speed and finesse around the ball to great effect as he kicked four goals for the day in one of his best performances in a Suns jumper.

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett (24 disposals) showed good signs early, including a miraculous one-handed mark on the boundary line, but had a rough day under close attention from Kane Cornes, who barely allowed the skipper a clean possession and kicked two goals in the process.

Harley Bennell's creativity was nullified with the entire Port Adelaide half-back line, particularly Troy Chaplin, making life hard for the young star.

The Suns jumped out of the blocks with Ablett looking dangerous in his preferred attacking role and helping Day and Michael Rischitelli get the Suns off to a flyer with early goals.

After a sluggish start Jackson Trengove got the Power in the game with a set shot as the momentum changed after Day and Ablett missing kickable shots at goal.

Port rallied and kicked three more, stealing all the momentum to lead 28-17 at the first change.

The second quarter started almost identically to the first with Day kicking a goal from 50.

When the big target kicked his third a couple of minutes later, Port coach Matthew Primus was forced to rotate several defenders on him in an effort to spoil Day's fun.

The Power kicked the next couple of majors to gain a mini-break, before Andrew McQualter drilled a quick pair of his own.

After half-time, it was all Port as they slammed on seven goals to just two behinds to run away with the victory.

The result marks the first time since the end of 2010 that Port Adelaide has won two matches in a row.

GOLD COAST: 3.5, 7.6, 7.8, 10.10 (70)
PORT ADELAIDE: 4.4, 7.7, 14.14, 17.16 (118)
GOALS: Gold Coast: Day 3, McQualter 2, Rischitelli, Horsley, Ablett, Sexton, Brown
Port Adelaide: Boak 3, Brett Ebert 2, Bradley Ebert 2, Broadbent 2, Cornes 2, Stewart, Trengove, Schultz, McCarthy, Pearce, Westhoff
BEST: Gold Coast: Day, McQualter, Stanley, Iles
Port Adelaide: Boak, Pearce, Brett Ebert, Cornes, Jacobs
INJURIES: Nil
REPORTS: Nil
CHANGES: Nil
UMPIRES: Foot, Jeffery, Mollison

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