Blog log from R2 of 2016: Essendon vs Melbourne

Goddard gets a free near the boundary 50m out, and hits the post. (Q1 2:03)
After a Tom McDonald clanger at halfback, Daniher is over the back for a long Ambrose ball to the square, he gives Zach Merrett a Joe the Goose special. (Q1 4:51)
Daniher beats Nathan Jones with a body check to mark a Zaharakis ball near the boundary 25m out. He misses, just. (Q1 6:21)
Jetta gets swamped by a mob of Bombers in the centre, Brown roves and finds Daniher on a short lead to 45m on the flank. Daniher shanks it way right, OOTF. (Q1 8:11)
Brayshaw’s snapped goal from 50m on a slight angle is the only other goal in this hardfought contest so far. (Q1 17:03)
Tyson rises in front of Crowley and marks a Vince ball from the wing 40m out in front. He misses. (Q1 20:22)
Zach Merrett receives from Stokes and sails through a nice snap from 45m on the flank, after more good pressure work on the ground by the Bombers to force a turnover. (Q1 23:37)
Matt Jones gallops through the centre with a bounce on a rebound and goes long to the advantage of Hogan, who beats Hartley to mark 35m out on a slight angle. Hogan misses. (Q1 26:51)
Stokes runs back with the flight behind Jetta and marks a long Fantasia ball to the pocket 15m out. He screws through an easy set shot for the first goal of Q2. (Q2 0:49)
Garlett has the full 50m to run into after Baguley misjudges a mark, he speeds away from two hapless Bomber defenders and into the open goal. (Q2 5:12)
Goddard gets stripped of the ball in heavy traffic at the Dee hotspot, Nathan Jones sharks the crumb and gives to Hogan who feeds Kennedy with a Joe the Goose special. (Q2 6:26)
McDonald-Tipungwuti starts a rebound up the guts, Zaharakis runs through the middle and passes to Daniher on the lead 35m out on the flank. Daniher misses. (Q2 8:56)
Long ball to the Demon square, Dea drops it cold to allow Harmes to gather and goal. (Q2 11:29)
Harmes passes to Garlett on the HFF but Baguley is going to spoil… Kennedy flashes across to tap to himself, gather and goal from 35m. (Q2 14:17)
Daniher drops a mark over Garland 20m out, fights on but gets caught HTB to prevent what looked like a certain score, again set up by McDonald-Tipungwuti. (Q2 16:16)
Crowley is front and centre for the crumb from a Daniher contest at 35m on the flank, but his snap is narrow. (Q2 17:29)
Brown bounces through a goal from the hotspot after a calamitous kick from the BP by Matt Jones to a contest. (Q2 18:16)
Zaharakis storms down the wing ahead of Vince and kicks to Daniher, who marks over Garland at 35m on the flank. He misses almost everything this time with another slice. (Q2 19:32)
Langford bombs to the HBF but Gawn intercepts… he sits it up to the square but Gleeson marks in relief. (Q2 20:44)
Fantasia gives to Parish forward of congestion, he bombs long to an empty square from 55m in front… wide but the ump pays a free in the square against Jetta to Kommer, goal! (Q2 22:10)
Ambrose marks at half forward and has Langford on his own 40m out in the corridor. Langford starts it left and it stays left, despite a cross-goal breeze. (Q2 24:00)
Hartley lines up from 45m on a slight angle after the benefit of a 50m penalty, and bangs through his first goal in league footy. (Q2 26:17)
Parish fumbles on the wing to start a Dee attack, Garlett is over the back to mark unopposed 40m out on a slight angle. Jeffie kicks truly to stop the rot for Melbourne. (Q2 26:59)
Long ball to the Dons pocket, three Demons chase back but Daniher is best positioned to mark behind them all 15m out and kick another one! (Q2 30:07)
Brown gets a chance off a step from 30m on the flank after gathering a bouncing ball from the centre and steers through the first goal of Q3. (Q3 2:49)
Tyson hoofs a set shot from 35m on the flank well wide, to bronx cheers. (Q3 9:14)
Nathan Jones gives to Tyson who tries again from 45m on a slight angle, another miss. (Q3 10:05)
Turnover in traffic on the wing by Leuenberger, Tyson gives to Kennedy who shows him how it’s done with a quality finish from 55m on a slight angle. (Q3 11:50)
Zach Merrett picks up a loose ball near the boundary 35m out and tries a snap off the left… Kommer dives back in the square and fumbles it over the line! (Q3 17:38)
Goddard turns the ball over on the wing with a kick to a contest, Kennedy starts the counter, Brayshaw marks 25m out on the flank and… shanks it badly. (Q3 19:15)
Goddard catches Matt Jones HTB on the HFF 50m out, with an assist by McDonald-Tipungwuti. He sits the ball up to the square, Dees spoil and clear. (Q3 22:16)
Brayshaw breaks a tackle on the HFF 35m out but snaps across the face off the left boot. (Q3 23:53)
Dea misses a flying snap from 50m on a slight angle. (Q3 25:55)
Oliver is over the back to accept the crumb from a Viney centre clearance to a Hogan contest at the hotspot, first goal of Q4! (Q4 0:00)
Jones to Jones, long ball to Watts in front of Hartley 15m out on the flank. Goal, and just like that, Melbourne take the lead early in Q4. (Q4 3:45)
Daniher yet again marks over Garland at 35m on the flank but again misses the set shot. (Q4 7:55)
Daniher marks on 50m on a slight angle and again it’s a horrid set shot, OOTF way right. (Q4 10:35)
Hogan shows the other FF how it’s done with a conversion from a set shot near the hotspot, after a rebound started from defensive hotspot by Tom McDonald. (Q4 13:50)
Daniher finally gets one on line, from much the same area as his last set shot. (Q4 15:51)
Goddard goes long and straight to Langford behind Jetta at 35m on a slight angle. Langford breaks the deadlock with a goal. 6:19 to go. (Q4 18:41)
Kelly starts a rebound from the HBF, Goddard to Zaharakis to Parish for a snap from the hotspot… the Bomber crowd goes ape droppings, 3:25 to go so they’re nearly home! (Q4 22:53)
Jackson Merrett misses a set shot from 35m on the flank to just about seal it. (Q4 25:43)

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