Dangerfield stars as Geelong edge Pies

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:29 AM Midfield dynamo Patrick Dangerfield has kept Geelong within reach of a home qualifying final with an 11-point AFL win over Collingwood.

In a scrappy MCG arm-wrestle on Saturday, the Cats trailed at every break but kicked two goals to none in the fourth quarter to claim a 10.10 (70) to 9.5 (59) victory.

It was far from their most convincing performance but the Cats will be happy to take the result given what was at stake.

Had Collingwood prevailed, Geelong risked falling out of the top four with a game remaining.

But with a double-chance now locked in, the Cats can secure a home qualifying final with victory over Greater Western Sydney next week.

Dangerfield's huge second half was instrumental in helping the Cats get over the line.

The reigning Brownlow Medallist started slowly but went on to finish with 32 disposals, 12 clearances, five inside-50s and two goals.

Geelong were made to fight after giving up six goals in the first term, and coach Chris Scott said they would be made to pay by better teams.

Collingwood were dominant in the first quarter, as an uncharacteristically fumbly Geelong made it easy for the Pies.

"Right at the moment, we don't appear to be a very good starting team," Scott said.

"We need to put some thought into that and make some adjustments (so) we're not making up so much ground."

After booting six goals in the first term, Collingwood only managed three more for the remainder of the game.

Geelong got within three points at halftime before Dangerfield set up Sam Menegola for goal to take the lead early in the third quarter.

Dangerfield had 14 disposals, six clearances and three inside-50s in a magnificent third term, while Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegola were also prolific.

Geelong continued to shoot themselves in the foot with their wayward forward entries, and late goals to Jarryd Blair and Tim Broomhead swung the lead back to Collingwood.

But it was all Geelong in the final term, with Dangerfield's outstanding running goal from 55m out and Jordan Murdoch's cool set shot sealing a hard-fought victory.

"I thought our effort and our intensity throughout the whole game was pretty good," Pies coach Nathan Buckley said.

"I thought we held up remarkably well, just not able to transition well enough in that second half or lock the ball in our front half."

Taylor Adams led the way for the Pies with 26 disposals, despite a knock to the head leaving him with blurred vision after the game.

Source: AAP






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