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Bombers hold off surging Blues

By Sam Lienert 22/06/2008 05:10:42 PM Comments (0)

A late flurry of goals enabled Essendon to kill off a Carlton comeback and notch their second successive AFL victory at the MCG.

The Bombers won 20.16 (136) to 15.11 (101), pulling away with four goals in the final six minutes of the match, three of them coming to speedster Andy Lovett.

They were among 14 majors between the two sides in an incredibly free-scoring last term.

The Blues, who notched comeback victories in their past two matches against Port Adelaide and Collingwood, looked on track to do so again midway through the final quarter.

They had trailed by as much as 41 points early in the second term and were still down by 36 points in time-on in the third quarter.

The Blues then piled on the last two goals of the third term and the first four of the last to hit the front.

But rather than hit the panic button, the Bombers simply continued to attack and they tide turned their way as they kicked six goals in time-on of the final quarter to end up with the 35-point win.

Youngster Angus Monfries was superb for the Bombers, spending time both up forward and in the midfield and finishing with four goals, in what was one of his best AFL games.

Midfielder Jobe Watson did most of the grunt work, helping his side to dominate the midfield in the early stages, when they built their back lead and again playing an important part late in the game.

For the Blues, Brendan Fevola was sensational, with seven of his side's 15 goals, soundly beating Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher.

Fevola kicked a stunning goal in the last term, from 50m out tight on the boundary, to keep his side in the hunt 27 minutes into the quarter, before the Bombers added four more.

Fevola was earlier involved in some damaging collisions, connecting with his knee to the face of Essendon's Henry Slattery in a first term marking contest, with Slattery stretchered off the ground and unable to return.

He also fell into team-mate Brad Fisher, after tripping while on the lead in the second quarter, with Fisher limping off the ground, although he later returned to play a role in the Blues' surge.

Midfielders Nick Stevens and Marc Murphy were among the Blues' better players, with Stevens particularly inspirational as Carlton stormed into the lead in the final quarter.

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