Blog log from R18 of 2019: Adelaide vs Essendon

Zaharakis leaps over Knight to rush a Murphy kick to the square for the first score, a rushed behind. (Q1 4:40)
Mackay dumps a kick from defensive hotspot to 50m on a slight angle but straight to Francis, who misses. (Q1 8:11)
Atkins gives to Lynch who snaps across his body from 40m on the flank for the first goal. (Q1 9:44)
Betts rolls a snap wide from a pack near the hotspot. (Q1 15:24)
Redman gives to Merrett who snaps on the turn from CHF but it sails wide. (Q1 20:30)
Stringer toepokes the footy high out of a pack 15m out and loops it towards the square where McDonald-Tipungwuti gathers and goals. (Q1 23:06)
Shiel dumps a kick from the BP to the HFF where Brad Crouch marks, but his kick doesn’t score. (Q1 24:13)
Seedsman bombs long to the square, big pack forms and the ump sees a holding free against Hooker to Jenkins who goals. (Q1 25:37)
McGrath dumps a kick to half back but straight to Brad Crouch again, who goes quickly to Lynch 40m out on the flank just before the QT siren. TTL misses. (Q1 27:23)
Shiel has three bounces through midfield, reaches half forward and has not much on so goes himself from 55m in the corridor… bounces through! (Q2 1:46)
The Crows boss the next centre bounce and it’s Jenkins with the quick replying goal from a pack near the hotspot. (Q2 3:01)
Parish roves O’Brien at a stoppage 35m out on the flank but wobbles a left-foot snap into the post. (Q2 6:41)
Francis passes to Snelling 40m out on the flank to mark in front of Laird. Snelling’s set shot starts leftish but swerves inside the goalpost for a big goal! (Q2 8:08)
Betts gathers a ground ball in the pocket, Saad can’t catch him and he passes inboard to Murphy 20m out on the flank, who misses. (Q2 11:03)
Walker passes to Sloane in the pocket, he tries an inboard pass to Lynch but the ump reckons it’s too short, Lynch gives to Milera who misses from 30m on a slight angle. (Q2 14:15)
Walker passes to Betts on the HFF who gives back to Walker for a screwing snap from 45m near the boundary that curls in! (Q2 16:04)
Jenkins marks a Mackay pass at half forward and gets the benefit of a 50m penalty for encroachment by Parish to put him in the square for a charity goal, his third. (Q2 17:28)
Brad Crouch passes to Knight 50m out on a slight angle, he gives off to Smith who sails through another one. Crows gaining control. (Q2 20:29)
Smith marks a panicked kick by Zaharakis to 50m on a slight angle, but misses. (Q2 21:14)
Jenkins marks a Sloane ball over McKenna just inside 50m out near the boundary then booms his fourth goal with a lovely set shot. (Q2 24:28)
Stringer contests with Kelly in the pocket, the Bomber keeps his feet as the Crow goes to ground, the Package gathers and tries an outrageous checkside, it swings through from 20m! (Q2 27:13)
Hooker, who has switched forward after being obliterated by Jenkins, marks 45m out on a slight angle and boots his first goal. John Worsfold polishes his glasses. (Q2 29:43)
Milera hits the lead of Walker 45m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q2 30:48)
Matt Crouch gives from a standing start at CHF to Smith outside a pack who has space to turn and goal from the hotspot. (Q3 5:54)
Merret drops a mark behind the wing but fights on at ground level and starts a switch attack, then runs to receive at half forward and kick to Brown in the square for a goal! (Q3 9:12)
Essendon attack with speed by hand around members wing, Francis’ kick from the HFF is a bit skew whiff but Guelfi makes it look good by marking over Atkins and goaling. (Q3 10:28)
Hooker is Johnny on the spot for a blind kick over the shoulder by McGrath down the flank to 30m, but he misses. (Q3 13:12)
O’Brien marks at half forward, turns and finds Matt Crouch with a nice long kick over Heppell to 30m out on a slight angle, but the elder Crouch brother misses. (Q3 18:35)
Gleeson gives to Merrett who sprays a left foot snap from near the hotspot under not much pressure, after good link work through midfield. (Q3 20:10)
Murphy passes to Lynch deep in the pocket who tries an inboard pass to Walker but two Bombers spoil and no score results directly. (Q3 22:23)
McDonald-Tipungwuti has a paddock to run down the wing on a switch play, he passes to Brown 40m out on the flank who booms a lovely set shot, the Bombers are coming! (Q3 24:38)
Stringer rides two tackles in midfield to set up a handball chain up the guts, Brown kicks to the hotspot where McDonald-Tipungwuti gathers and feeds McGrath for a grubbered goal! (Q3 28:23)
Essendon has taken the bit between the teeth and come down from a big margin to level the scores. (Q3 28:23)
Parish feeds out of a pack at the hotspot after a stoppage to Merrett who checksides the first goal of Q4 to give the Dons the lead! (Q4 0:47)
Knight gives to Smith who snaps off the right boot from the pocket 25m out, that one sails through to give the Crows the lead back. (Q4 2:59)
Credit to Betts for the ground ball get and give to Knight to set up that goal. (Q4 3:44)
Walker marks the next centre clearance kick from Seedsman over Hartley 50m out on a slight angle, right in Tex’s range but he misses right. (Q4 4:44)
Guelfi gives to Brown after the Dons get the next centre clearance through Shiel, Brown snaps on the turn from 35m on the flank and it bounces through! Dons lead again. (Q4 5:44)
Greenwood marks in front of a pack 20m out on the flank and steers through another lead-changing goal. (Q4 9:02)
Shiel creates a crumb from a contest at the hotspot for Merrett who breaks clear and snaps off the left but it falls on the line to be touched through by Luke Brown. (Q4 14:29)
Hooker catches the ball out of ruck 30m out on the flank but snaps OOTF off the right. (Q4 17:44)
Greenwood snaps wide from a stoppage in the pocket 20m out. (Q4 19:32)
Guelfi marks at half forward and goes to the pocket where Stringer beats Hartigan all ends up to mark 25m out. The Package goals, Essendon in the lead again! (Q4 21:15)
On another BOmber fast break, Brown soccers on the wing towards CHF then gut-runs to receive from McDonald-Tipungwuti 40m out on the flank for his fourth goal! (Q4 24:07)
McDonald-Tipungwuti gathers outside CHF and kicks up the guts to Heppell who gets a holding free on Kelly and kicks truly, the Dons are on FIYAH! (Q4 25:30)
Lynch marks 45m out on the flank and shoots but it falls on the line and is rushed by Saad. (Q4 27:32)
Three kicks in it and 3:21 to go, the game is almost shot. (Q4 27:32)
Laird spoils Snelling on centre wing but it’s Merrett who roves and has nothing to kick to so goes himself from fully 70m… the ball rolls and rolls on through! (Q4 28:55)

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