Fremantle Dockers defender Luke Ryan has horror start against Port Adelaide in game 100
Luke Ryan has had a horror start to his milestone game in front of a vocal Dockers crowd, with a young WA forward kicking two goals on him in the opening seven minutes.
Ryan was given the job on Mitch Georgiades from the opening bounce but found himself under immediate pressure as Port Adelaide’s midfield dominated the opening centre clearances.
Just thirty seconds into the contest, Ryan was forced into a spoil as the ball was kicked deep into the Power’s goal square.
Fremantle were able to get the ball away, but as Matt Taberner found himself caught holding the ball on the wing, Georgiades broke lose.
Port flicked the ball into the corridor before Kane Farrell put it down the Subiaco product’s throat.
It did not take long for him to find his second as he worked the 100-gamer over and marked on the chest after a back-50 rebound sliced the Dockers structure apart.
A lack of pressure was the problem for Fremantle in the opening minutes as the visitors jumped out to a quick three-goal lead.
But defence did not seem to be on the agenda of either side as Fremantle fought back, getting their first through Taberner and working back to level the score.
Georgiades continued to get the touches, but Ryan steadily forced them to come higher up field.
Nathan Wilson also made a slow start to his 150th, after waiting 17 rounds to get it, but found his run as the Dockers worked back into the game.
Rory Lobb found form as he kicked two; however, a miss just a minute before quarter-time saw scores level at the break instead of the Dockers being in front.
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