His work should have been the catalyst for a second-half thrashing but the Eagles come out in cruise control to start the second half. The Crows battled back, at least until Kelly returned from the bench and started winning clearances again. His return and two late goals to Jake Waterman saw the Eagles again run clear. They continued to control the match in the last term although McAdam kept them honest when the ball found its way into the Crows’ forward line.
After the lost revenue of a COVID-19 lockdown a few weeks ago, the Eagles will also be buoyed by a crowd of 43, 427 fans attending Sunday’s match.
When the Eagles are flying and huge crowds are roaring, they are a force to be reckoned with.
The clanger, the response
The Eagles could be accused of being in cruise mode in the third term as the Crows tried to fight back but they awoke when defender Jeremy Rotham tried to kick backwards to full-back, only for McAdam to intercept the ball and kick an open goal.
McAdam rightly celebrated but at the centre-bounce Naitanui and Kelly forced a turnover and Kelly passed to Waterman, who kicked a goal.
It was seconds between embarrassment and glory for the Eagles.
Eagles: Kelly, Gaff, Naitanui, Darling, Kennedy, Witherden.
Crows: Laird, Keays, McAdam, Smith, McAdam, Schoenberg.
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