Collingwood claims slim victory

Dane Swan of the Magpies takes a mark during the round five AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Dane Swan of the Magpies takes a mark during the round five AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Robert Prezioso - Getty Images

COLLINGWOOD dominated the Anzac Day match with Essendon for most of the day, but in the end it had to rely on a scrappy goal from Jarryd Blair's swinging shin to claim a one-point victory at the MCG.

The Magpies prevailed 11.14 (80) to 11.13 (79) to make it three consecutive wins in the AFL's marquee regular season match.

The Bombers had come into the match undefeated and were fancied by many to inflict Collingwood's first defeat on Anzac Day since 2009.

But despite a peerless performance from Dane Swan, who silenced the critics with an Anzac Day medal-winning performance, Collingwood was overtaken by a late Essendon charge before a frantic final two minutes clinched victory.

It took a video replay, however, to confirm the winning goal.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.

Topics:  afl, collingwood, essendon, jarryd blair



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