Demons turn it up to get home over desperate Dons

LESS than three weeks after arriving on the beginning line set for a deep September run, Essendon is dealing with an extended street again after beginning the season 0-3 for the primary time since 1967.

The Bombers produced a significantly better displaying than throughout the primary fortnight in opposition to Melbourne on Friday night time, however the loss nonetheless leaves them ready solely three groups have overcome to play finals since 2010.

Whereas it wasn’t fairly, the Demons continued their good begin to 2022 with an imperfect efficiency on the MCG, extending their successful streak to 10 straight relationship again to spherical 19 final season.

DEMONS v BOMBERS Full match protection and stats

The primary half might need triggered some at residence to flick the channel to the Showdown at Adelaide Oval, however those that caught with it had been rewarded with a fascinating second half performed in entrance of the newly named Shane Warne Stand. 

After solely seven objectives mixed had been kicked in a dour opening half, either side slotted 5 every within the third quarter to set the scene for an exhilarating last time period.

However it wasn’t to be for Essendon, regardless of a dogged effort within the final quarter. Melbourne threatened to run away with the sport, however the Bombers stayed inside placing distance but simply past attain till the ultimate siren confirmed a 29-point win for the reigning premiers.

Melbourne wingman Ed Langdon landed a killer blow below immense stress from three Bombers masking each exit with 5 minutes to play, slotting a mongrel floater from deep within the pocket to place the sport to mattress.

Whereas Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw and Langdon amassed huge numbers, the night time was all about two maligned key forwards who’ve taken a while to go away their mark on the sport.

Each had been taken contained in the top-10 within the draft – one at No. 8, the opposite at No. 9 – and each completed with 4 objectives to steal the present.

Peter Wright continued his profession resurgence since spherical 10 final season, including 4 majors to comply with up a dominant patch in opposition to Brisbane final weekend that completed with three objectives and 11 marks, transferring to 9 for the season from three begins.

However it was Sam Weideman on the different finish of the bottom who grasped his first alternative since spherical 13 final season, kicking 4.3 from seven marks after being a late inclusion for Ben Brown, who entered well being and security protocols on Friday.

Now the main focus will likely be on how Goodwin matches Weideman into the identical ahead line as Tom McDonald and Brown when the previous North Melbourne full ahead is subsequent accessible for choice.

It will not be in spherical 4, on condition that recreation is just six days away at Adelaide Oval in opposition to Port Adelaide. However will probably be a query Melbourne’s match committee faces sooner reasonably than later. It’s a downside the undefeated Demons will relish.

MELBOURNE    3.5    4.8    10.12    14.15 (99)
ESSENDON       0.4    3.5     9.5      10.10 (70)

Melbourne: Weideman 4, Harmes 2, Fritsch 2, Langdon, McDonald, Petracca, Spargo, Sparrow, Viney
Essendon: Wright 4, Stringer 2, Cutler, McGrath, Perkins, Wanganeen

Melbourne:    Oliver, Brayshaw, Weideman, Langdon, Harmes, Might
Essendon:  Shiel, Parish, Wright, Ridley, Heppell

Melbourne: None
Essendon: None

Melbourne: Toby Bedford (unused)
Essendon: Devon Smith (unused)

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