That was wild!
Collingwood produced a miracle four-point win over Essendon at the MCG on Sunday afternoon as Jamie Elliott kicked the game-winning goal from the boundary line after the siren to claim the club’s ninth-straight win and climb to fourth place.
And the moments leading up to the goal were just as crazy, of course this was after a sight affair leading the Magpies by 37 points before Essendon ran on top and extended their advantage to 20 points in the fourth quarter.
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But after three-straight penalty goals, the Bombers led by one point and set up a tense final two minutes.
Veteran Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe was tackled by young Bomber Harrison Jones after sneaking through the last line of defence.
Pace full-back Nathan Murphy was standing in front of the referee after kicking the ball and potentially costing him a 50-metre penalty after Hough was tackled.
Jones came back in the last minute to take the kick from 50m out in what looked like the final decision of the game.
There was a chance to clinch the win for the Bombers then and there – the headlines would have read differently – but the kick splashed wide left to extend the team’s lead to two points.
Channel 7 commentator Alistair Nicholson said: “There’s another element of drama in the match that you can’t really put down any more.”
Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury stepped in quickly.
Moore didn’t hesitate to make a play, moving forward and finding a wide-open Trent Bianco on the wing. And Bianco rushed forward, where Elliott was the only clear target in front of him, but was caught two-on-one.
Elliott somehow chested down 40m from goal with 30 seconds left – and it was clear the game was decided after the final siren.
“The game on his boot,” said Channel 7 caller James Bryshaw.
With the crowd already in pandemonium, Elliott lined up to score as the MCG erupted as the MCG erupted, his kick always looking straight and sailing over the heads of the goal umpires.
“Jamie Elliott won a football match for this famous club! Unbelievable!” Bryshaw chimed in. “Ice in Jamie Elliott’s veins…completely nuts.
Former Des boss Nathan Jones told Channel 7: “Oh my God! Adding, ‘Those are some of the best sights I’ve ever seen, it was incredible.
Elliott was overwhelmed by the joy of his teammates as players, staff, fans and coaches embraced in black and white displays of joy.
“As soon as he confirmed it, he said, ‘I’m kicking this.’ He didn’t seem lost for a second. It’s unbelievable,” said premiership-winning Cats captain Cameron Ling.
Of course, the Pies’ good luck in clutch games has continued, with five of their nine wins coming in an upset decision and winning those nine contests by an average of 11.3 points.
“I don’t know how they do it. They are the miracle people who have been able to overcome these intimates time and time again. Hats off to them, that was amazing,” Fox Footy’s Sarah Jones said after the game.
Western Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson added: “How can this team keep on going serious in the final quarter!? The boldness of their ball movement and some of their players this season have really stood out.