Dani­her, Dons trounce Saints

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

A RUN- OUT win over an out- of­sorts St Kilda has en­sured Essendon’s fi­nals hopes re­main alive and kick­ing.

The Bombers cruised to a com­fort­able 17.16.118- 7.15.57 win over the sorry Saints, with Joe Dani­her lead­ing the way at Eti­had Sta­dium with a four- goal night. Essendon kept St Kilda goal­less in the open­ing term but their quar­ter- time lead of 15 points should have been con­sid­er­ably more.

The Saints broke their goal drought in the fourth minute of the sec­ond term when Jack Lonie snagged one from 45m but it failed to prove the kick­start coach Alan Richard­son wanted.

While Josh Bruce kicked an­other 10 min­utes later, the Bombers con­trolled the rest of the quar­ter. St Kilda had a chance early to score the first goal of the sec­ond half when Tom Hickey earned a free kick right in front but he sprayed the ball woe­fully, which summed up the Saints’ night.

Essendon made them pay, with seven goals for the term as Dani­her added a fourth thanks once more to a su­per grab, while Tom Bellcham­bers scored two for the term.

The Bombers ran way with the game with four goals in the fi­nal term as they im­proved to an 8- 8 win/ loss mark for the sea­son.

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