Late goal from Kybybolite junior Charlie Hillier inspires Glenelg to one-point win

NAILBITTER: Kybybolite junior Charlie Hillier (left) kicked two goals in Glenelg's one-point win against West Adelaide last Thursday. Photo: Peter Argent.
NAILBITTER: Kybybolite junior Charlie Hillier (left) kicked two goals in Glenelg's one-point win against West Adelaide last Thursday. Photo: Peter Argent.

Two late goals helped Glenelg pinch a pulsating one-point Under-16 Torrens University Cup win over West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium last Thursday.

The Bays started the game slowly, failing to kick a goal in the first quarter, while the Bloods were able to kick three of their own to open a 16-point lead at the first break.

Needing to respond, Glenelg started the second quarter strongly, kicking three goals, including one from Kybybolite junior Charlie Hillier, in six minutes to erase the early lead.

West Adelaide responded with two of their own to go into half-time with a slender eight-point lead.

Despite having a number of opportunities in front of goal, the Bays were unable to make it count on the scoreboard, kicking a wasteful one goal and four behinds for the quarter.

Penola duo Anders McShane and Brock Summerhayes both had shots on goal.

Goals from Toby Gabrisch and Patrick O'Donoghue allowed the Bloods to increase their half-time lead to 12 points, giving themselves a great opportunity to win their second game of the season.

McShane kicked the first goal of the last quarter to reduce the margin to just seven points. West Adelaide managed to respond minutes later through Lukas Zvaigzne.

After a couple of behinds, Lochlan Thiele converted for the Bays to reduce the margin to five points.

A goal from Marcus Pavlic in the 15th minute mark of the last quarter seemingly secured West Adelaide the win, but there was still plenty of time for Glenelg if they were good enough.

Despite being 11 points in arrears Charlie Hillier and Ben Ridgway booted back-to-back majors in as many minutes late in the fourth quarter to secure the nail-biting one-point victory.

The win sees the Bays sit equal-second on the ladder, with three wins and two losses.

There were a number of KNTFL juniors in action during the game, with Penola duo Anders McShane and Brock Summerhayes, Keith's Josh Altus, and Kybybolite's Charlier Hillier taking to the field.

McShane performed brilliantly throughout the game, and was one of his team's best players. He finished the game with 17 disposals, one goal, five marks and four tackles.

Summerhayes, the other Eagle featuring in the game, finished with nine disposals and six marks, with three of them being contested.

For Altus, he finished with 13 touches, five marks and three tackles.

Hillier, who's last quarter goal helped drag his team over the line, ended the game with 12 touches, two goals and three tackles.

Woodville West-Torrens hosts Glenelg this Saturday at Maughan Thiem KIA Oval.

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