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Demons storm home to down Dockers

04/05/2008 05:08:46 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne posted a remarkable first win of the AFL season, rolling back a 51-point second quarter deficit to beat Fremantle by six points at the MCG today.

Booed off by sections of the crowd after a woeful first half, the Demons turned things around in the second, kicking 14 goals to four for a stunning 17.17 (119) to 15.23 (113) win.

Fremantle had dominated the first half, leading by 50 points at halftime and as much as 51, and looked certain to consign the Demons to their seventh loss in seven games this season.

But much-maligned tall Brad Miller and small forwards Austin Wonaeamirri and Aaron Davey led a freakish second-half resurgence by the Demons.

Melbourne kicked five successive goals to open the third term, including two brilliant running goals to Davey, to close within 19 points.

When Fremantle skipper Pavlich steadied the ship with two late third-quarter goals to shatter the Demons' momentum and restore a 32-point three-quarter time lead, Melbourne looked dead in the water.

But Melbourne kept coming, kicking nine final quarter goals to pinch one of the most unlikely victories in club history.

Russell Robertson snared three of his four goals in the final term, while the livewire Wonaeamirri kicked four and Davey and Miller booted three each for the match.

After the Demons had chipped the lead back to less than a goal, Wonaeamirri - who was promoted off the rookie list just weeks ago - kicked two goals in two minutes from the 21-minute mark to give his side the lead.

Pavlich was easily the Dockers' best, kicking five goals while Chris Tarrant booted three - all in the first half.

Both teams now have one win each for the season, with today's victory the first for Melbourne coach Dean Bailey.

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