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Blues alive after running down Pies

CARLTON has kept its slim AFL finals hopes alive with a stirring come-from-behind win over traditional rivals Collingwood, prevailing by 29 points at the MCG.

Sam Walsh, Matthew Kennedy and Paddy Dow stood up in the absence of injured co-captain Patrick Cripps to help fire the Blues to a 13.13 (91) to 9.8 (62) victory in front of empty stands.

They had trailed by four goals before halftime but kicked nine of the last 10 majors, including six unanswered in the final term, to steamroll the lowly Magpies.

Walsh was best afield with 38 disposals and five clearances and kicked a crucial final-quarter goal.

The brilliant third-year midfielder brushed off a John Noble tackle and stepped inside Jack Crisp before slamming the ball on his boot under pressure.

It sailed through, putting the Blues 13 points clear and sparking wild celebrations among Walsh’s teammates.

Eddie Betts (two goals) had put Carlton in front for the first time moments earlier and key forward Harry McKay thrust himself into the game with four crucial goals in the final term.

The Coleman Medal leader had been kept scoreless by Jordan Roughead to three- quarter time.

Jordan De Goey, Taylor Adams and Brodie Grundy were in the thick of the action for Collingwood and emerging star Oliver Henry finished with three goals.

But the Magpies were listless in the final term in a complete form reversal from the previous week, when they overran Richmond late in the piece.

Two set-shot goals from fifth-gamer Henry – the 18-year-old’s first two majors in senior football – had helped give the Magpies ascendancy in the opening quarter.

Players from both sides were in the wars before halftime, with Collingwood losing Josh Thomas (concussion) after a head clash with teammate Darcy Cameron.

Carlton’s Jack Newnes (back) and high-priced recruits Adam Saad (ankle) and Zac Williams (side) all required treatment on injuries but were cleared to carry on.

Taylor Adams also copped friendly fire from Jamie Elliott and hurt his neck but completed the game.

There was a touching tribute from Jack Silvagni to his late grandfather and club legend Sergio Silvagni, who died during the week, when he pointed to the heavens after a strong mark and goal during the second term.

Silvagni evoked memories of his high-flying father Stephen with a huge ride on Isaac Quaynor’s back in the final quarter, hauling in a mark-of-the-year contender.

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CARLTON 1.3 4.6 7.9 13.13 (91)

COLLINGWOOD 3.2 6.4 9.5 9.8 (62)

Goals: Carlton: H McKay 4 E Betts 2 J Martin J Silvagni L Stocker M Kennedy S Walsh T De Koning Z Williams. Collingwood: O Henry 3 B Mihocek D Cameron J Elliott S Sidebottom T Bianco W Hoskin-Elliott.

Umpires: Simon Meredith, Brett Rosebury, Paul Rebeschini.

Venue: MCG.