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Edwards celebrates 300th with Crows' win

07/06/2009 04:07:12 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide veteran Tyson Edwards has marked his 300th AFL game by leading the Crows to a 16-point win over Essendon.

Edwards was best-afield with 41 disposals and Kurt Tippett kicked seven goals as the Crows showed extraordinary accuracy to win 21.4 (130) to 18.6 (114).

The Crows did not hit the front until three minutes into the final term, but kicked six goals to two in the last quarter.

Chris Knights, one of several Adelaide players who were well-held early, kicked five goals after quarter-time.

They have now won their last three games and have a 6-5 record, while Essendon are 5-6 halfway through the season.

Brent Stanton was Essendon's best with 31 disposals and Scott Lucas returned from a month in the VFL to kick four goals.

In the past fortnight, Adelaide had set up impressive home wins over Carlton and Hawthorn with dominating first halves.

But this time Essendon kicked five of the first six goals, including two to midfielder Jobe Watson.

Essendon led by 26 points late in the first term, but Adelaide kicked the last two goals of the quarter to trail by 15 points.

Watson was awesome in the first term with 10 possessions, but Edwards starting dominating in the second quarter as the Crows worked their way into the game.

Tippett kicked three second-term goals and took a screamer of a mark over Courtenay Dempsey as the game turned into a shootout.

There was a controversial start to the second term when Essendon were awarded a deliberate rushed behind and Lucas goaled from the free kick.

It was a tough call on Adelaide's Ivan Maric, who was under pressure when he punched the ball through.

Essendon never led by more than 21 points through the second and third quarters, while Adelaide reduced the margin to less than a goal six times.

Patrick Dangerfield bobbed up in the third quarter with two goals, but Alwyn Davey kicked his first of the game just before the siren to make the margin eight points going into the final quarter.

The Crows were reduced to one fit man on the interchange bench during the third quarter, but stopped the Bombers from breaking clear.

Captain Simon Goodwin injured his knee late in the second quarter and had to leave the game permanently in the third term.

Adelaide only had one rushed behind until late in the third quarter, when Dangerfield became the first Crows player to miss.

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