Gray heroics get Port past Carlton

20 July 2020 19:46:30 GMTPlus10

Veteran forward Robbie Gray kicked Port Adelaide to victory with a goal after the siren at the Gabba, as they beat Carlton by three points.

The Power missed the last in a series of simple shots in the fourth quarter with less than two minutes left, but managed to create one final chance when Gray marked the ball hard up against the right boundary line.

He then kicked a goal to secure a 9.10 (64) to 9.7 (61) success that kept Ken Hinkley's side one game clear of Brisbane at the top after seven rounds.

Gray himself was one of three players to squander golden chances late in the game for Port, with Charlie Dixon and Todd Marshall also guilty - Marshall missed from the top of the goalsquare.

Dixon booted three majors and took six contested marks for a Power team who finished with just two players on the bench after Ryan Burton (quad) and Steven Motlop (ankle) were taken off early in the final quarter.

The teams produced an eight-goal first quarter, with the Blues taking a one-point lead into the first change.

Port Adelaide, who had a one-goal lead at the end of the next two quarters, saw back-up ruckman Peter Ladhams make the most of his opportunity.

With No.1 ruckman Scott Lycett being ruled out with a knee injury, 22-year-old Ladhams came in for just his sixth career game. He narrowly lost the hitouts to Marc Pittonet, but racked up 21 disposals, including four clearances.

Carlton small forward Eddie Betts became just the third player in history to kick 300 goals for two clubs when he kicked his first of the game. Only the game's greatest goalkicker Tony Lockett (St Kilda and Sydney) and Lance Franklin (Hawthorn and Sydney) have done similar.

The Power areĀ 9/25 to win their next game against St Kilda, who are 23/10.

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