Sunday, December 5, 2021

Swans reach top-eight, Heeney puts on match-winning performance

Sydney has solidified its place inside the top-eight, seeing off a resilient Carlton to come away with a 22-point win at the SCG.

In a game full of momentum swings and with the game delicately poised at three-quarter time, the Swans surged ahead with a 4.4 to 1.3 final-term as they outworked the visitors late in the contest.

Isaac Heeney put on a match-winning performance accumulating 22 disposals, 14 marks and booting three goals while Harry Cunningham (27 disposals, ten marks) was superb in defence.

Patrick Cripps (27 disposals, three goals) had his best-performance of the season and was well-supported by Sam Walsh (33 disposals) – but it wasn’t enough for the Blues who fell to 4-7.

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After the Swans shot ahead through a first-minute Will Hayward goal, Carlton responded with four majors, capped off by a spectacular Eddie Betts goal to give the Blues an 18-point lead.

Sydney would then hit-back with four goals of their own to swing the lead back into their advantage with Lance Franklin’s late goal giving the Swans a slender lead at the first-break.

The pendulum would again swing in the way of the visitors who began to gain ascendancy in the contested ball (83-60 at halftime) while making it count early in the second-term with three of the opening four goals.

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However, the quarter would in almost mirroring circumstances to the first as Heeney and Franklin booted late goals, cutting the Blues’ margin to a point at halftime.

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In another seesawing tight third-quarter, neither side could maintain firm control as both teams traded two-goal swings before Heeney booted his third just before three-quarter time to give Sydney a three-point lead.

Carlton’s effort would wane in the final-quarter as Sydney put the foot down with a barnstorming final-term as Tom Papley booted two of his three goals to seal the result.

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