A well-earned point at Raiders for Pirates ensured that they would remain above the drop zone after round 6 but not end the win less streak which extends to five games.
Pirates put the hosts on the back foot immediately when Sam Georgiadis, making his first appearance since round 3 at Noarlunga United, was denied by a fine save early in the game. The forward press of Port Adelaide was particularly highlighted in the first half, forcing a number of errors out of the Raiders back line but lacked composure to put the ball in the net whilst opponents Raiders were equally as guilty wasting many chances.
Majority of the second half was a grind for Pirates as they struggled to create the chances they did in the first half. The nearest glimpse came from a trademark Nick Mavromatis free kick that only eluded Stevan Kalinovic by the narrowest of margins at the back post. Instead, it was the defensive line that shone through, particularly in the case of Jacob Searles and Kalinovic who played probably their best games of the season so far in quashing the dangerous Raiders attack.
Late replacement Jordan Dabinet was kept busy in goal, making two fantastic saves down low to keep Port Adelaide in the game. His efforts may well have helped the Pirates record their second win of the season but Davis, Georgiadis and Mead lacked the clinical touch necessary to clinch the three points. Despite a rapturous reception from the away crowd at full time, Pirates players were collectively disappointed that they couldn’t record that long overdue win they so desperately crave. The draw sees Port remain in ninth position, four points outside the play-offs spot.
Next week sees the Pirates challenge Adelaide Victory for the first afternoon kick off at Pirate Park this season and presents yet another opportunity for the season to be reignited.