Demons win in last gasp finish
IN the space of the final 45 seconds against Gold Coast, Melbourne have gone from a fullblown AFL crisis to back-toback wins.
The Demons were heading to a sixth defeat in eight matches when Suns forward Nick Holman put the hosts a goal up with less than a minute to play at Metricon Stadium yesterday.
But a calm finish for his first AFL career goal by Marty Hore from 50m and then a scrambled, scuffed effort onto the post with seconds to play by Tom McDonald allowed the Demons to somehow escape with an 8.13 (61) to 9.6 (60) win.
McDonald’s ugly swipe that skewed into the post may yet prove to be the kick that sparks Melbourne’s season.
The Demons are now 3-5 and head into next week’s clash with West Coast in Perth on the back of wins over Hawthorn and the Suns.
“It was a crazy, crazy 40 seconds, especially that last 10 seconds,” coach Simon Goodwin said.
“We always knew it was going to be an arm-wrestle coming into this game. Gold Coast are a much improved side.
“We always knew the challenge coming here but obviously proud to get the win, they obviously stuck together.” SUNS DEMONS
Clayton Oliver of Melbourne in action during the match against the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium yesterday