Power de­nies Crows to win come­back thriller

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - STEVE LARKIN POWER CROWS

PORT Ade­laide mae­stro Rob­bie Gray last night kicked six goals to in­spire his AFL club to a come­back five-point win against arch ri­vals Ade­laide.

Gray kicked five goals in a 25-minute burst to pro­pel the Power to a 14.11 (95) to 14.6 (90) tri­umph at Ade­laide Oval.

His new team­mate, ex-Cat Steven Mot­lop, kicked the match­win­ning goal with just 28 sec­onds re­main­ing.

The Power was on the ropes at half­time, trail­ing by 21 points af­ter an er­ror-rid­dled open­ing half be­fore 50,967 spec­ta­tors.

But su­per­star Gray took con­trol, kick­ing five goals in the third term as Port turned its deficit into a 12-point lead at the last change.

Port stretched out to an 18point buf­fer be­fore Ade­laide kicked three goals in a late flurry to steal a one-point lead with one minute re­main­ing. Mot­lop pounced on a loose ball and goaled on the run from 40m to de­liver the Power a fa­mous vic­tory.

Port squared its win-loss ledger for the sea­son at 4-4, while the Crows sit at five wins and three de­feats.

The bril­liant Gray, a triple club cham­pion, was sen­sa­tional as Port snapped a fiveg­ame los­ing streak to Ade­laide.

The Crows en­joyed early su­pe­ri­or­ity – af­ter Port’s Paddy Ry­der kicked the open­ing goal, BEST 1.3 4.6 11.11 14.11 4.2 8.3 10.5 14.6 GOALS UMPIRES CROWD the Crows booted the next four to take a 4.2 to 1.3 quar­ter-time lead.

Ade­laide grew its ad­van­tage to 21 points at the long break be­fore Gray lit the fuse for the Power come­back.

Gray’s at­tack­ing col­league Chad Win­gard and ruck­man Ry­der both kicked two goals, while for­mer Bris­bane cap­tain Tom Rock­liff (31 dis­pos­als) and Jared Polec (23 pos­ses­sions) were in­flu­en­tial.

Port skip­per Travis Boak (24 touches), Ol­lie Wines (26 dis­pos­als) and Brad Ebert (24 pos­ses­sions) pro­vided the mid­field grunt.

Ade­laide’s Rory Atkins was a stand­out for his side with 29 dis­pos­als, Ed­die Betts kicked three goals, while Cam El­lisYol­men booted two among his 20 touches.

The Crows host the Western Bull­dogs on Fri­day night and Port trav­els to China to play Gold Coast next Sat­ur­day in Shang­hai.

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

Ter­ri­to­rian Steven Mot­lop cel­e­brates kick­ing the win­ning goal for Port Ade­laide against the Crows at Ade­laide Oval last night

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