Demons snatch late win in thriller

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE have ral­lied for a cru­cial five-point win over Hawthorn that gives their be­lea­guered AFL sea­son a pulse.

Af­ter look­ing in big trou­ble dur­ing the first term, the Demons made an im­pres­sive come­back to beat the Hawks 11.13 (79) to 11.8 (74) at the MCG yes­ter­day.

It was the sec­ond win for last year’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal­ists, who have looked badly out of sorts this sea­son.

Hawthorn were press­ing for­ward with sec­onds left when Chad Wingard fum­bled a sharp chance at half-for­ward and Mel­bourne shut down the game to con­firm the win.

The lead changed twice in the last quar­ter, with the Hawks kick­ing four goals to two.

But ma­jors to young­ster Jay Lock­hart and James Harmes gave the Demons a match­win­ning break.

Sam Frost’s de­fen­sive ef­fort in the last cou­ple of min­utes, keep­ing the ball in front of him when a turnover would have been dev­as­tat­ing, was an­other mas­sive mo­ment.

Harmes gave away two 50m penal­ties that re­sulted in Hawthorn goals, in­clud­ing one in the fre­netic last quar­ter, but he was out­stand­ing with his tag­ging role on Hawks mid­field ace Jaeger O’Meara.

Jack Gun­ston and Luke Breust kicked three goals apiece for Hawthorn. DEMONS HAWKS


James Harmes cel­e­brates kick­ing a goal as his un­der-fire Demons turned around a poor first quar­ter to claim a vi­tal win over Hawthorn at the MCG yes­ter­day

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