Demons win in last gasp fin­ish

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - ED JACK­SON

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

Picture: JONO SEARLE/GETTY

Clayton Oliver of Mel­bourne in ac­tion dur­ing the match against the Gold Coast Suns at Met­ri­con Sta­dium yes­ter­day

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