Blog log from R21 of 2016: Essendon vs Gold Coast

Lynch marks on the wing, wheels and hits Day 50m out on a slight angle. Day kicks into Dea on the mark, Dons rebound. (Q1 1:17)
Thompson gets clean bowled by a ground ball at the Don hotspot, Fantasia roves deep in the pocket and misses. (Q1 2:28)
Laverde gathers a bouncing Daniher ball to the pocket 25m out and tries a Daicos special off his right when a normal left foot punt would have been better… it dribbles wide. (Q1 5:14)
Simpkin spins out of a tackle on the wing and goes long down the flank where Jackson Merrett marks in front of Joyce 30m out. He hits the post. (Q1 12:05)
Wright has the sit for an intelligent long kick by Garlett from the HFF to the top of the square, he marks over Hartley with ease for the first goal. (Q1 12:44)
Fantasia runs with the flight behind Harbrow to mark a long Simpkin ball to 35m on the flank. Orazio steers through the first Essendon goal of the afternoon. (Q1 16:03)
May monsters Daniher to give away a free at the hotspot from a Zach Merrett pass, Cooney plays on and snaps around the corner for a goal. (Q1 18:49)
Correction, it was Jackson not Zach. (Q1 18:49)
Long rides a Hall tackle at the goalmouth and gives to Grimley who punches through another one from 15m. (Q1 19:42)
Day is in front of Hartley to mark a bit of a shank kick from midfield by Hallahan. But he also shanks it from 40m on a slight angle, no score. (Q1 21:49)
Lynch does a one-two with Schoenfeld as he speeds away from a contest on the wing, then passes to Grant at the hotspot. Spindleshanks makes no mistake with the set shot. (Q1 24:34)
Long ball to the Sun hotspot, the crumb falls over the back and it’s the big tall Day who is first back to gather and goal with McDonald-Tipungwuti grabbing air. (Q1 25:29)
Ambrose gets pinged for a hold as he and Lynch sit under a long ball to 40m in the corridor. Lynch misses right. (Q2 0:45)
Day contests a long Ah Chee ball to the square, Miller is front and square for the easy goal, with Dea not quick enough to stop it. (Q2 2:03)
McKenna marks in the centre, Matera is pinged for encroachment to bring him near the hotspot. The Irishman goals. (Q2 5:46)
Davis grubbers a point after roving in the pocket 20m out. (Q2 7:35)
Zaharakis starts a rebound from a stoppage at halfback, the Dons move up the guts, Stokes runs free and passes to Fantasia to mark in front of Saad at the hotspot and goal. (Q2 11:01)
Long passes to Daniher on the HFF, he plays on and just squeezes the kick inside the near goalpost from 45m. (Q2 13:07)
Martin gives to Matera for a snap goal from 20m after the weight of repeat inside 50s for the Suns finally tells, with the Dons repeatedly turning the ball over on the rebound. (Q2 22:17)
Jackson Merrett passes to Grimley to mark 30m out on the flank, who misses. (Q2 24:57)
Fantasia catches Kolodjashnij HTB on the boundary 40m out. His set shot drops near the behind line and is rushed. (Q2 26:17)
Laverde gathers a bouncing ball in space 35m out on the flank, turns and shoots wide. (Q2 27:08)
The Suns handball through traffic on the wing towards CHF where Hall goes long, it drifts to the pocket where Lynch marks near the behind post for his first goal. (Q3 1:06)
Miler chips in to mark a McDonald-Tipungwuti rebound kick, then goes inboard to Day 40m out on a slight angle. Day kicks his second goal. Suns back in front! (Q3 3:52)
Saad catches Dea HTB on the HFF, the long ball goes to Wright who beats two Dons to mark 30m out on a slight angle. 2MP hits the post. (Q3 7:27)
Wright marks behind Brown at much the same spot as the last set shot. This time he just misses that same goalpost for his second goal. (Q3 10:12)
Day misses a set shot from 40m on the flank. (Q3 14:42)
Daniher marks at true CHF, wheels and misses. (Q3 16:56)
Garlett holds McKenna without the ball at CHF and kicks the ball away to give away 50m. McKenna lines up from 45m in front, and splits the middle for his second goal! (Q3 21:28)
Brown kicks a long goal from the HFF after marking a Laverde ball 50m out in front of Harbrow. (Q4 2:25)
Jackson Merrett rolls through a goal from 20m on the flank after crumbing a big pack and avoiding challenges from harbrow and Saad. (Q4 6:25)
Fantasia marks a Daniher ball 40m out on a slight angle and goals as well to build the Essendon lead at the start of Q4. (Q4 8:11)
Stokes intercepts Rosa on the HFF and goes short to Long leading to 40m out on the flank. Long’s set shot is straight but he caught it fat, Wright rushes it. (Q4 12:11)
Bird is on his own to mark a bit of a shank from Zach Merrett from a stoppage on the wing to 40m on a slight angle. He goals, Essendon on its way to a rare victory! (Q4 15:41)
Lynch gets a pushing free on McDonald-Tipungwuti in a marking contest at the hotspot. He misses, the Don fans cheer. (Q4 22:47)
Cooney rolls through a behind from a pack 35m out on the flank. (Q4 25:32)
Wright misses from the pocket, but it’s too late now anyway. (Q4 26:04)
A couple of rushed behinds makes it two goals the difference, but only 1:07 left. (Q4 27:04)
Kolodjashnij runs through the centre and kicks long to Lynch who draws an arm chop free on Kelly next to the hotspot. Lynch goals, one goal the difference, 14 seconds left! (Q4 28:05)
Surely not. (Q4 28:38)
Hall is bumped off the ball and the Dons clear from the next centre bounce, they win! (Q4 29:22)

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