PORTLAND coach Jake Myles has described Saturday’s loss to Port Fairy as a reality check for his side, saying the timing of the loss was as good as any.
The Tigers went down to Port Fairy at Gardens Oval in Port Fairy by three points despite leading for the majority of the match in round two of the Hampden Football League.
It was a big scalp for the Seagulls, who brought up their first win of the season on the day after a heavy defeat in round one, but it was also a sobering loss for Portland who were coming off a thrilling opening round victory.
The opening quarter set the tone for the match, with neither side able to gain an ascendency.
Ben Malcolm quickly got on top in the ruck for Portland when his midfield made the most of his tap outs the Tigers really troubled the Seagulls, however often the Tigers turned the ball over and lost momentum through simple fumbles and miss-kicks.
The second quarter saw Portland’s efficiency in front of goals start to pay dividends as despite firing less shots they were able to hit the target more regularly to create a nine-point lead by the half time break.
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