Essendon have overcome the late withdrawal of star skipper Dyson Heppell and a stern problem by Sydney to attain a gritty 10-point win on the MCG.
The Swans led by three factors at three-quarter time, however the Bombers sprang to life besides the primary 4 objectives of Saturday afternoon’s last time period to arrange a 11.10 (76) to 9.12 (66) win in entrance of 60,199 followers.
The victory was the resurgent Essendon’s fourth of their previous 5 matches and snapped a run of three wins for Sydney, whose final victory towards the Bombers on the MCG was in 1923.
Heppell was dominated out with a sore foot earlier than the opening bounce, however Dylan Shiel (29 possessions), Darcy Parish (22) and David Zaharakis (22 touches and three objectives) stepped up in his absence.
Josh Kennedy was excellent for the Swans with 35 disposals, as was Isaac Heeney with 33. However, with Lance Franklin nonetheless absent as a result of a hamstring harm, they struggled to search out a focus in assault.
Either side had been lacking their No.1 ruckmen, with back-ups Zac Clarke and Aliir Aliir shouldering the burden on the stoppages.
Clarke had only one handball to three-quarter time, however redeemed himself to some extent within the last time period when he offered a stronger presence.
He completed with 5 disposals and 25 hitouts, whereas Aliir had 17 touches and 22 hitouts.
Neither crew appeared eager to take the sport on early, with the Bombers edging to a five-point lead on the finish of a primary half that produced solely seven objectives in excellent situations.
The Swans lifted the tempo within the third time period and dominated the inside-50 rely with out taking full benefit on the scoreboard.
Sam Reid booted two objectives for the quarter, however the Swans solely had a three-point three-quarter time result in present for all their momentum.
Essendon coach John Worsfold performed his ace, sending Cale Hooker ahead, but it surely was the Bombers’ midfielders who gained the higher hand within the final quarter, with Shaun McKernan’s second objective sparking the decisive scoring burst.