Eagles succumb to rival Playford

GAWLER Eagles’ season is in tatters after it succumbed to another State League 2 soccer defeat on Saturday, losing 0-1 to fierce rival Playford.
The Eagles had their chances early, and were on top of the Patriots from the get-go.
Gawler was defensively sound and went into half-time level with its opponent, which currently resides in the top half of the ladder.
However, Connor O’Donnell broke the deadlock in the 60th minute to give Playford the lead.
Despite their efforts around the pitch, the Eagles broke down inside the box and couldn’t find the back of the net.
Gawler coach Earl Pudler was happy with his side’s efforts, in spite of the result, and felt his boys deserved more.
“We just couldn’t score,” he said.
“We gave 120 per cent, we just couldn’t score.
“I said to the guys before the match that if you give me the 120 per cent, then I’ll be happy.”
However, the Eagles’ mentor didn’t want to shut the door on a top-six finish just yet.
“Realistically, yes, we’re done, but mathematically, we’re not,” he said.
“We just need to keep training and going, it’s hard now.”
The Eagles had conceded 14 goals in their previous three games, and Pudler was pleased to only give up one goal against Playford.
“Brad Docherty, Rob McMillan, they were both excellent in defence,” he said.
“Robbie (McMillan) had a very good captain’s game.”
Gawler now travels to Mount Barker as it aims to keep its season alive, needing nine points to catch Northern Demons and Adelaide University.
“I’m hopeful that we can win more games before the end of the season,” Pudler said.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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