Jayden Hunt has booted a clutch purpose on the dying to salvage Melbourne a nailbiting five-point win over Carlton of their bottom-four AFL conflict on the MCG.
Hunt booted three majors on Sunday whereas Tom McDonald struck type with six, because the Demons survived a late onslaught to expire 15.15 (105) to 15.10 (100) winners.
Lacking famous person ruckman Max Gawn, the Dees led by 38 factors late within the third quarter however have been pushed to the brink within the closing time period earlier than Hunt’s cool set shot from 45m.
McDonald was struck down by a knee harm late within the third quarter, however the Dees have been assured he had escaped any main injury.
“It appears to be like like a meniscus in his knee,” coach Simon Goodwin mentioned.
“He was terrific at this time so it’s disappointing for us however, hopefully, the scans will come again not too unhealthy and we’ll see the way it goes.”
Turnovers have been pricey for Carlton all day. Veteran Kade Simpson shall be left to remorse an errant kick that landed within the palms of Clayton Oliver, who discovered Hunt in area for the match-winning purpose with two minutes left on the clock.
Melbourne’s triumph was additional soured by defender Marty Hore breaking his collarbone when he landed awkwardly after a tough, however honest, bump from Sam Petrevski-Seton within the first time period.
Gawn was withdrawn after failing to get well from a rolled ankle, however his substitute Braydon Preuss stood tall to outpoint Matthew Kreuzer.
Younger gun Will Setterfield was pivotal in Carlton’s resurgence, booting two fourth-quarter targets to degree the scores earlier than a rushed behind put them forward for the primary time.
Mitch McGovern had the prospect to a minimum of salvage a draw within the dying seconds however hit the publish whereas lunging on the ball out of a contest.
“A part of me cherished their character, their battle, their resilience … however we have to begin turning as much as be the aggressors from the phrase go,” caretaker coach David Teague mentioned.
Melbourne have been effectively led by James Harmes (27 disposals) and Clayton Oliver (26), whereas McDonald made an overdue return to type.
Earlier than Sunday’s large haul, McDonald had booted simply 12 targets for the season, with seven video games during which he was held goalless.
Jack Silvagni starred for Carlton with three targets. He earned rapturous applause from the Blues’ devoted when he ran to the bench after profitable a key contest in opposition to Michael Hibberd to assist arrange a Setterfield main with the sport on the road.
It was one other valiant effort by the Blues, who shocked Fremantle on the highway final week with out inspirational skipper Patrick Cripps.
With Cripps (foot) lacking once more and spearhead Charlie Curnow dominated out for a month with a knee harm, the Blues paid the value for some deplorable talent errors.
In a weekend filled with blowouts and blunders, the Blues gifted Melbourne three targets from turnovers within the first quarter alone.