Power denies Crows to win comeback thriller
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.
Territorian Steven Motlop celebrates kicking the winning goal for Port Adelaide against the Crows at Adelaide Oval last night