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Essendon (8th) vs. Melbourne (10th)

Etihad Stadium

Sunday, April 30, 1:10pm (AEST)


Melbourne have burst back to form, tearing Essendon apart in the second half for a 38-point AFL win.

Trailing by two points at halftime, the Demons kicked 13 goals to six in the second half and won convincingly, 17.10 (112) to 10.14 (74).

It broke the Demons’ run of three-straight losses and is also their second win this season at Etihad Stadium, where they have an abysmal record.

Melbourne and Essendon made five changes apiece for the match and the Demons ran the Bombers off their feet after halftime.

The Bombers did not kick a goal from midway through the third term until 11 minutes into the last quarter, when the game was over.

After an error-riddled first half, Melbourne opened up the game and it looked like Essendon was paying for their five-day break.

The Bombers were coming off the Anzac Day win over Collingwood and rested several players.

Essendon key defender Michael Hurley was probably best afield in the first half with 16 disposals and nine marks.

But he only had two possessions in the third term as the Demons shored up their play.

Tom McDonald was excellent in defence for the Demons, while Jack Watts and Christian Petracca starred with four goals apiece.

Returning from his three-game suspension, Melbourne onballer Jordan Lewis impressed with 30 disposals.

Lewis capped his game with a goal from an impossible angle in the last quarter.

Cam Pedersen was recalled because so many Melbourne ruckmen are injured and he also had a strong game

After his best-afield performance on Anzac Day, Essendon key forward Joe Daniher personified his team’s sloppy ball use.

He had kicked 0-6 and another out on the full before marking in the third term.

Daniher played on and kicked another behind, but he was given a second chance because the mark had not been set, this time guiding it home.

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MELBOURNE 2.4 4.6 12.9 17.10 (112)

ESSENDON 2.2 4.8 6.12 10.14 (74)

Goals: Melbourne: C Petracca 4 J Watts 4 J Garlett 3 M Hannan 3 C Pedersen J Lewis T McDonald. Essendon: C Hooker 2 O Fantasia 2 A McGrath A Tipungwuti D Parish J Daniher T Bellchambers T Colyer.

Best: Melbourne: T McDonald J Viney J Watts J Lewis C Oliver C Pedersen C Petracca M Hibberd. Essendon: M Hurley B Goddard A McGrath.

Injuries: Melbourne: Nil. Essendon: M Brown (ankle) P Ambrose (quad, replaced in selected side by M Dea).

Reports: Nil.

Umpires: Sam Hay, Mathew Nicholls, Leigh Haussen.

Official Crowd: 44,040 at Etihad Stadium.