Blog log from R14 of 2018: West Coast vs Essendon

Heppell shanks a left foot running shot from the HFF after a give by Baguley but it falls in the breadbasket of Brown on the behind line, who boots the first goal. (Q1 2:35)
Goddard passes to Stringer 25m out on the flank, he makes no mistake there either and the Bombers are off to a nice start. (Q1 4:57)
Langford hits the post with a snap from half forward. (Q1 7:25)
The Eagles can’t rebound past half way, Merrett kicks from the wing to 40m on a sligth angle where Bellchambers marks and goals. Bombers have the jump, officially! (Q1 9:58)
LeCras gets an extremely soft free for Hurley putting a fingernail in his back on the HFF, he hits the square but Ryan can’t mark and the Dons clear. (Q1 14:58)
But the clearance kick goes OOTF, LeCras takes the free 40m out, crumb falls for Saad but he fumbles, Ryan gathers and shoots… but it’s off Heppell’s hand for a point. (Q1 15:28)
The Bombers go coast to coast from the kick in up the guts, Green runs free to CHF and has Stringer over the back to mark in the square for another one! (Q1 16:21)
A loose kick from a pack in the wing almost hits the umpire and ricochets off Jetta’s knee straight to Fantasia, who hits Stringer near the hotspot for another one! Dons on FIYAH! (Q1 21:07)
Gaff kicks OOTF on the HBF under pressure, Heppell sits it up to the hotspot, the crumb falls to the pocket where Smith swoops and screws through a sensational goal! (Q1 29:14)
Fantasia baulks clear at half forward and hits Smith with a short pass to 35m on the flank. The goal umpire does not have to move, straight over his peaked cap. (Q2 2:08)
McDonald-Tipungwuti roves a stoppage on the HFF and tries his luck with a right foot snap across the body from 40m running towards the boundary, that sails through, wowee! (Q2 9:26)
Myers catches Naitanui around the neck at a stoppage 35m out on the flank, NicNat puts WC on the board with a carefully straight set shot. (Q2 11:38)
Hooker is pinged for encroachment on the wing to bring McInnes to 40m on a slight angle, who misses. (Q2 13:54)
Misses by McInnes and Lycett as the Eagles get a rare period of frontal pressure. (Q2 17:10)
Fantasia plays on from a free on the HFF, his long ball falls in the square, Stringer can’t mark but he gathers near the behind post and tries a snap over the shoulder… poster. (Q2 20:13)
The Eagles go coast to coast from the kick in, Rioli feeds LeCras for a shot on the lope from 50m on a slight angle but it goes wide. (Q2 20:36)
Yeo screws a snap wide over his left shoulder from a pack 20m out in front. (Q2 21:05)
Langford runs free at half forward and passes over CHF to the opposite side where Bellchambers marks unopposed 40m out on a slight angle but misses. (Q2 28:10)
Masten passes short to Nelson 40m out on the flank, who misses. (Q3 7:15)
McDonald-Tipungwuti turns in space in midfield and passes up the guts to Brown just inside 50m. Brown’s set shot is straight but short, McGovern marks in relief. (Q3 8:57)
Guelfi bumps Sheppard off the crumb from a Hooker contest 15m out, he butters up and gives outside to Baguley who does the rest off the right boot. Dons in control! (Q3 10:43)
Nelson roves a pack on the HFF and kicks ugly down the line, it lands in the guts of Waterman who misses from 25m on a slight angle. (Q3 15:58)
Cripps launches a running snap from just outside CHF, Hooker is on the line, did he get a finger on it? Ruled a goal. (Q3 17:33)
McDonald-Tipungwuti is pinged for a push on Shuey on the Eagles HFF, Shuey passes to Cripps on the boundary 20m out who shoots OOTF. (Q3 20:55)
Fantasia gives to Hurley who loads up for bear from 55m in front, Stringer flies in the square but fumbles the ball into the goalpost. (Q3 25:13)
Hooker scrubs a grubber to the HBF straight to Shuey, he gives to Gaff whose snap is off Hooker’s hands but dribbles to the square, Lycett misses the volley altogether, behind! (Q3 26:58)
Smith gives outside a pack on the HFF and gives to Guelfo who tries to centre from 55m near the boundary but hoofs it in ugly fashion… but it takes an amazing off break, goal! (Q4 3:00)
Nelson passes to LeCras near the boundary 40m out, who misses near side. (Q4 6:09)
Yeo picks a Langford right-foot step and catches him HTB 50m out on a slight angle from the West Coast goals. He misses. (Q4 7:00)
LeCras gives Rioli a Joe the Goose special after a length-of-the-ground rebound around members’ wing. (Q4 8:43)
Smith is front and centre for a McKernan contest 20m out on a slight angle, he rolls through his third goal to remind us who is winning this one. (Q4 10:30)
Stringer gets a free under a Duggan tackle that drops around his ankles 20m out on the flank, but misses. (Q4 12:07)
Rioli has LeCras over the back of Goddard for another junk time goal from the top of the square. (Q4 14:53)
SHuey baulks away from two Bombers and shoots off the left boot from 40m on the flank for a nice goal. (Q4 18:00)
McGovern passes from wing to the corridor 45m out where Redden marks, but his set shot is off the hands of the man on the mark and doesn’t score. (Q4 23:15)
From the resultant ball up at the hotspot, Naitanui snicks the goalpost with a snap. (Q4 23:43)
Cripps sails through a long goal but it’s too late, less than two minutes left with four kicks still in it. (Q4 25:40)
After a lovely long rebound kick by Goddard to Heppell, Stringer runs through midfield and passes to Langford leading to 45m on a slight angle. Langford kicks truly. (Q4 27:10)

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