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Port Adelaide outclasses Crows in front of biggest crowd for 2014

Jake Neade breaks a Crows tackle in the Round 14 SANFL Showdown at Alberton Oval. Pic: Simon Maiolo
Jake Neade breaks a Crows tackle in the Round 14 SANFL Showdown at Alberton Oval. Pic: Simon Maiolo

PORT Adelaide has maintained its dominance over the Adelaide Crows in the SANFL after it triumphed in the league's second 'Showdown' at Alberton Oval by 52 points on Saturday.

Donning a replica guernsey commemorating the centenary of its all-conquering 1914 season, Port Adelaide honoured its heritage with a resounding second-half performance in front of a bumper crowd of 6,196 spectators.

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The win didn't come without a fight and it was not until the third quarter that the home side was able to break away from the Crows.

Bringing a side laced with 19 AFL-listed players to its first ever game at Alberton, the Crows put up a dogged fight as it sought redemption for its loss in the first Port-Crows state league match in Clare earlier this year.

But a massive six-goal-to-one third quarter, including two majors from a dominant Andrew Moore, set up the victory for the black and white.

The visitors' only goal came at the 13-minute mark through Petrenko.

After that, the home side went on to boot five unanswered goals to expand its slender 17-point half time lead into a sizeable 47-point advantage at the final break.

It was an impressive performance considering a tough arm-wrestle looked likely early.

As with the Round 5 battle, the Magpies and Crows were evenly matched in most of the key statistics, but Port's forwards managed to capitalise on its inside 50 advantage to hold a narrow lead at quarter time.

And despite the Crows firing out of the blocks early in the second term, the Magpies quickly stole back the momentum through Sam Gray's hard work in the midfield, which saw him rack up 17 disposals by half time, as well as the intense pressure applied by skipper Steve Summerton and vice-captain Henry Slattery.

Port Adelaide's back-line also stood tall, with Nathan Krakouer and Tom Clurey repeatedly marking to prevent the Crows from scoring.

The Crows refused to give up in the final term, but the home side's slick defensive pressure and ball movement combined with its ability to run out the game was too hot for the Crows to handle.

Port Adelaide's victory sees it go two games clear atop the ladder with four rounds remaining - an important result after losing two of its last three matches.

The club will auction match-worn replica heritage guernseys following the match.

More to come...

SCOREBOARD
PORT ADELAIDE      3.5      6.10      12.13     15.16  (106)
ADELAIDE CROWS  1.2      4.5       5.8        7.12    (54)

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Moore, Neade, Summerton, Slattery, Krakouer, Stevenson

GOALS
Moore, Neade 3, Krakouer, Shaw 2, Mitchell, Slattery, Harvey, Amon, Johansen

INJURIES
TBC

REPORTS
Nil

CROWD
6196 at Alberton Oval

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