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Bombers make it five on the trot

By Roger Vaughan 07/05/2004 10:36:16 PM Comments (0)

Essendon extended its winning streak to five with a hard-fought 26-point AFL win over the Western Bulldogs at Telstra Dome.

Dean Rioli was best for Essendon with his game across half-back and in the midfield, as the Bombers held on 18.13 (121) to 14.11 (95).

Essendon full-forward Matthew Lloyd kicked five goals despite a strong game from opponent Brian Harris as the men from Windy Hill retained the E.J. Whitten Cup.

Western Bulldogs utility Brad Johnson gave his side plenty of spark with his work in the centre and up forward, kicking three goals.

The Bulldogs, who produced a big comeback last week to conquer the Kangaroos, pulled to within 10 points early in the last term.

But the 'Dogs made too many mistakes when it counted and Essendon showed more poise than its younger opposition.

While Essendon increased its lead in every quarter, the Bulldogs kicked the last two goals to keep the deficit at a manageable 22 points at three quarter time.

The Bulldogs trailed by three goals early in the third when Jade Rawlings appeared to take a mark within range of goal.

But the umpire controversially gave a free against him for a push and Essendon quickly moved the ball up the other end for a goal.

A couple of minutes later, Bulldog Nathan Eagleton had a simple set shot and missed.

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