Essendon sees off Collingwood AFL challenge to post 15-point victory at MCG

Essendon has defeat a slow start off and survived a late Collingwood fightback to give its finals drive a substantial strengthen with a breathtaking 15-position upset of the premiership fancies.

Dylan Shiel was almost everywhere for the Bombers with 29 disposals and seven clearances, even though Jake Stringer kicked 3 ambitions in the 10.3 (63) to 7.6 (48) win at the MCG.

But Stinger limped off in the dying stages with a correct ankle damage that could put a sour note on the victory for the Bombers, who before in the day uncovered they would be relocating to Queensland for at least the subsequent block of fixtures.

Collingwood kicked the initial three targets of the match in the opening 12 minutes but did not control yet another right until early in the last expression.

In between, Essendon midfielders Shiel, Devon Smith and Andrew McGrath took the match away from Collingwood at the contest and stand-in captain Michael Hurley marshalled a superb rebound defence.

The Bombers kicked eight consecutive ambitions and led by 28 details early in the closing term, just before Collingwood threw caution to the wind, booting 4 swift goals to trim the margin again to 3 points.

Essendon, however, steadied when Jacob Townsend caught Darcy Moore holding the ball and transformed the no cost kick.

Shiel fittingly kicked the sealer late in the match.

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The consequence was a different blow for Collingwood, who experienced vice-captain Steele Sidebottom and veteran Lynden Dunn suspended in the course of the develop-up to the match for breaches of AFL coronavirus protocols.

The Magpies brought in Adam Treloar, Matt Scharenberg and Travis Varcoe for all of their initially matches for 2020 and bought off to a scorching start out when Jaidyn Stephenson two times kicked targets from marks deep in the forward pocket.

But Smith and Shiel assisted get the ball transferring the Bombers’ way and their efficiency in assault — a few plans from their initial 5 forays forward — observed the scores stage yet again by quarter-time.

Essendon’s midfield received on top at ground stage in the 2nd term and took control of the clearance battle even with Magpies star Brodie Grundy finding initially hand on most of the hit-outs.

McGrath labored his way into the contest and ruckman Andrew Phillips was competitive in his first match for the Bombers.

Hurley and fellow key defender Cale Hooker were rock stable for most of the evening in defence as the likes of Adam Saad, Jordan Ridley and Will Snelling presented bounce out of the back again 50 percent.

Essendon kicked eight consecutive aims and the unfortunate Magpies imagined they had stemmed the tide when Jordan De Goey’s shot bounced into the intention umpire on the line, but it was dominated a driving on assessment.

Brayden Maynard was superb in defence for Collingwood, Treloar racked up 30 disposals on return and Stephenson completed with 3 plans.

But the Magpies skipped ball magnet Sidebottom and wounded star defender Jeremy Howe, and had few winners on the evening even with virtually pinching victory in the remaining term.

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