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Blog log from R4 of 2018: Essendon vs Port Adelaide

Blog log for Essendon vs Port Adelaide, R4 of 2018

Stewart marks 20m out in front with Clurey and Westhoff flying without effect. He boots the first goal. (Q1 1:02)
Myers roves behind a stoppage 20m out in front and screws through a nice finish off his left boot. (Q1 4:43)
Credit to Daniher for the goal assist hard ball get and handball. (Q1 4:43)
Baguley snaps the third Essendon goal from 30m in the pocket after another goal assist handball under pressure by Daniher. (Q1 8:27)
Marshall misses on the turn from 20m. (Q1 12:00)
Green gives to Parish in the centre square who has three Port defenders chasing but no one between him and the goals, he reaches CHF and snaps wide. (Q1 14:32)
Marshall roves a Watts contest and snaps a nice goal from 25m on a slight angle with a checkside. (Q1 17:27)
Ball in in the pocket, Stewart taps to the corridor from ruck, the ball pitches and bobbles around four or five times before Green pounces and goals from 15m. (Q1 21:48)
Merrett receives from Saad and scoots through midfield, then hits Fantasia with a short ball through CHF to 40m. Fantasia misses. (Q1 24:17)
Watts marks a short Robbie Gray pass 45m out on a slight angle, and sails through the set shot for his first goal. (Q1 26:02)
McDonald-Tipungwuti almost waits too long on a fast break to go inside 50 with two Dons outnumbering Bonner, eventually the ball comes to Stewart who snaps the goal from 30m. (Q1 30:43)
Jonas falls over in a wrestle to allow Stewart to mark a Myers ball near the hotspot on the end of a quick rebound. Stewart stutters in but kicks straight. (Q2 4:03)
Myers jinks between two Power players at half forward and snaps off his left from 45m on a slight angle, drops short but Daniher buffets Jonas to allow it to bounce through! (Q2 5:51)
Merrett kicks from the wing to half back but straight to Marshall, who drops the marks but butters up then misses from 45m on a slight angle. (Q2 11:53)
Zaharakis intercepts on the HFF and goes quickly to the pocket where Polec is pinged for contact on Stringer, who steers through a delightful set shot from 20m on the boundary. (Q2 15:19)
Baguley drops Marshall after kicking from the HFF to the hotspot, downfield free goes to Watts who makes no mistake. (Q2 17:48)
Hooker catches Wingard high after handballing 45m out on a slight angle on a fast break up the guts. The crowd boos, but Wingard goes off with claret spilt. Marshall kicks a point. (Q2 20:03)
Polec marks the kick in and goes quickly down the flank to Dixon who has the sit on Hurley to mark 20m out.. then hits the post. (Q2 21:17)
Green plays on to advantage for a free to Stringer but dribbles wide from the hotspot, disappointingly. (Q2 23:00)
Robbie Gray marks 40m out on the flank, gives off to Polec who snaps wide in laconic fashion. (Q2 25:17)
Motlop kicks down the flank, Boak drops a sitter but Sam Gray makes an ugly play look good with a rove and goal from the top of the square. (Q2 28:04)
Stringer is all on his own in the square to mark and stroll into goal for a long Daniher ball from the HFF. (Q2 30:39)
Robbie Gray misses a set shot from 20m on the boundary. (Q2 32:20)
Daniher marks 25m out on the flank but tries a standing screwing ball for the set shot that misses badly. (Q3 1:13)
Dixon beats Hartley one out at the top of the square to mark a Boak ball from the HFF and goal, after a calamitous Heppell clanger by foot in midfield. (Q3 5:05)
Begley roves a loose ball at half forward, jumps a man on the ground and hits Goddard with a short pass inside to 45m on a slight angle. BJ kicks truly. (Q3 6:43)
Fantasia taps down a handball by Houston near the hotspot, follows up and snaps off balance from 20m for another one for the Dons! (Q3 11:10)
Guelfi sharks an Amon handball on the HFF and snaps off a step from 45m, but it’s well wide. (Q3 12:57)
Watts marks an Amon ball to the pocket and centres to the hotspot for Wines to mark and miss, disappointingly. (Q3 15:32)
Jonas and then Houston fumble at half back as the small Bombers swarm, Stringer is the beneficiary as he can again stroll into the open goal after mopping up. (Q3 17:25)
Byrne-Jones runs through CHF but shoots OOTF from 45m after a desperate dive by Saad to put him off. (Q3 18:41)
McDonald-Tipungwuti gets in the back of Amon 35m out on a slight angle from the Port goal on a fast break. Amon kicks his first goal. (Q3 23:10)
Smith roves on the wing and has space to run, two bounces through half forward and a shot from 40m in front but misses, disappointingly. (Q3 25:05)
Ball-in in the Port pocket, Westhoff sharks a Bellchambers inside give and grubbers home from 20m! (Q3 27:13)
Wingard intercepts in the centre and goes long to the hotspot, Boak roves the Watts contest and snaps a big goal nearing 3QT! (Q3 29:48)
Baguley marks a high ball going back with the flight at the hotspot, but misses. (Q4 1:33)
Stringer hits the post after intercepting the kick in on the HFF. (Q4 2:00)
Byrne-Jones roves a Watts contest to a Boak ball 20m out and grubbers through a goal. (Q4 3:53)
Stewart avoids a McKenzie tackle running around the HFF, bounces and centres to Daniher near the hotspot. Daniher tries a drop punt this time, and shanks it through. (Q4 6:59)
Saad runs through half forward and shoots from 40m, the ball goes through but the ump saw he bounced while being held by Polec so it’s a HTB free, no score. (Q4 9:14)
Stringer performs a party trick for his fourth goal with a snap from the pocket 25m out with McKenzie forcing him to run to the boundary, the Bomber fans loved that one! (Q4 11:11)
Ebert has Rockliff in the square to mark and turn into the open goal to keep Port somewhere within touch. (Q4 13:16)
Daniher dives and marks a Myers ball 50m out on a slight angle. His set shot kicking has been woeful today… but he puts the hoof through this one for his second goal. (Q4 13:44)
Westhoff marks in front of Hartley 30m out on the flank and misses. (Q4 17:14)
Motlop has time on a switch play in midfield and passes up the guts to Watts 40m out in front. Watts boots his third goal. (Q4 19:14)
Four goals the difference, 7:12 to go but a Port comeback seems supremely unlikely. (Q4 19:14)
Stewart draws a contact free on McKenzie 45m out on the flank and just misses. (Q4 20:59)
Hurley kicks to bare grass at CHB and it’s a turnover, but Sam Gray misses from 40m on a slight angle. (Q4 22:40)
McDonald-Tipungwuti is over the back for a long ball to space at the hotspot, he gathers a bit awkwardly but scores his first goal and seals the deal. (Q4 23:44)
Bonner snaps a garbage time goal from mid range, to almost no reaction. (Q4 27:08)
Stringer leads and marks on the flank 40m out, then shoots for goal number five… no good, OOTF. (Q4 27:44)
Wingard plays on to advantage from a Westhoff free and tries a Daicos special from the pocket 25m out, but it rolls across the face. (Q4 31:02)

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