South Whyalla continued on with their great start to the season recording their second win of the season, overcoming a defiant Central to win by seven points at Memorial Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides came into the contest with a 1-1 record and if recent history was to go by this contest was destined for a tight finish.
Roosters had first use of the slight breeze favouring the MOPS end of the ground and were the sharper of the two in the early stages of the quarter.
Their speed on the outside run was worrying the Demons and goals to Jack Pickert and Clifford Pickhaver-Tupe was reward for their willingness to run and take the game on.
After a slow start the Demons started to find their rhythm, centreman Dave Cleary started to get on top on the inside and after some missed chances Henry Shea’s goal on the siren had the Dees well and truly back in the contest, trailing by five points at the first change.
The two sides traded goals early in the second term and with the pressure mounting both sides started to turn the ball over at crucial times.
The Demons without a regular ruckman were forced to use makeshift ruck Joel Howard-Bristow and it was he who sparked the Demons into gear, Dave Cleary and live wire Aidey Lawson were making the most of the first use of the ball out of the centre helping the Demons to three unanswered goals.
The Demons had the Roosters at arm’s length as they threatened to blow the game wide open but the young Roosters had other ideas and to their credit they were able to claw back a goal before half time to trail by 16 points at the main break.
Young Isaac Chinnery gave the Roosters the perfect start to the second half goaling within the first minute and with the breeze beginning to strengthen the Roosters needed to make every post a winner knowing the Demons would be coming home with the breeze at their backs.
The Dees with the bigger bodies were starting to control the 50/50 contests limiting the Roosters outside run, Cleary, Liam Edgecumbe and Howard-Bristow were crashing into the contest and their hard work was finished off by their lively forward line with the next three goals.
The Demons lead by near on five goals deep into the third term and were looking the goods but one things for sure you can never write off this Rooster side and they surged late with goals to Greg Vlachoulis and Jacob Byrne giving them a real sniff going into the last term only 13 points in arrears.
Isaac Chinnery playing his first year of senior football turned the game on its head with the first two goals of the term against the breeze reducing the margin to a solitary point.
The Roosters were looking dangerous as they look to have a found their second wind, but the Demons lead by clearance machine Dave Cleary wrestled back the accendancy and they looked home and hosed with the next three goals to lead by 19 points.
Isaac Chinnery playing his first year of senior football turned the game on its head ...
But you must take your hat off to the Roosters they just never know when to give in, Chinnery got his fourth and Byrne his third as they surged again late but were beaten by the final siren.
Best for the winners for me was Dave Cleary, his clean hands and stoppage work was as good as you will see, Joel Howard-Bristow never leaves anything left in the tank and his efforts in the ruck were exceptional.
Liam Edgecumbe makes a few mistakes but his endeavour and attack on the contest lifted his team mates.
Aidey Lawson has speed to burn and he lit the game up with some exciting runs and Nathan Van Ekeren was very creative across the half forward line.
For the Roosters Clifford Pickhaver-Tupe was outstanding in the midfield, he was equally as good on the inside as he was on the outside.
Isaac Chinnery was exciting to watch in the forward half and his three goals in the last term nearly got his side over the line.
Greg Vlachoulis was the go-to man when the Roosters were in trouble and he rarely let them down.
Marco Tansell wasn’t at his dangerous best but still caused the Demons some problems and Hamish Quirk battled hard and would have learnt a lot by standing Dave Cleary.