If former PM Paul Keating was a Sydney Swans fan, he’d call last night’s last-second one-point win over the Essendon Bombers a victory for the true believers.
With less than five minutes left in the game, and Essendon 19 points ahead after kicking seven unanswered goals, disappointed Swans fans in a crowd of nearly 35,000 at the SCG began streaming home, ruing the umpiring and inaccurate kicking that left their side with 20 behinds.
Star Lance Franklin was left without a goal for the night, fellow forward Sam Reid managed only one, and still the Swans pulled off the impossible.
Down 13 points with just 90 seconds left on the clock, newcomer Nick Newman gathered the spilling ball off a long bomb from Josh Kennedy for Newman’s second goal of the game. It took the Swans to within 7 points. Soon after Franklin grabbed the mark on 50 metres, spun around and took the shot to bag his sixth behind.
With less than 30 seconds remaining it all went horribly wrong for the Bombers when Brendan Goddard’s kick out was smothered by Tom Papley. Dane Rampe managed to kick the ball off the side of his boot from the throw-in and Gary Rohan marked two metres out from goal with just seconds remaining, giving Sydney a one point after the siren.
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— AFL (@AFL) June 23, 2017
It was the second last-minute come from behind win in a row for the Swans following the game against Richmond last week and after a horror start to the year, the Swans now find themselves in the top 8 for the the first time in 2017 as the second half of the season gets underway.
It was a devastating loss for Essendon, summed up best by this Port Adelaide fan.
RICHMOND: No one can choke worse than we can.
ESSENDON: Hold my beer.#AFLSwansDons
— Nathan King (@ntkingo_1989) June 23, 2017
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