The Brisbane Lions produced an incredible second-half flash, turning a 29-point defeat into a 49-point win over a Gold Coast nasty outfit to keep hopes alive in the top four. their.
The Suns took an early lead over the Lions, kicking six in the second half with two from Brisbane as they looked set to break the Lions’ five-match QClash streak.
But Brisbane found another device – and most importantly between goals – in the second half, scoring 11 goals for the Suns’ only professional player to complete a 78-point rotation and pass 15.18 ( 108) to 10,10 (70 ) winners.
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There were no late changes for either side, with Nakia Cockatoo (Brisbane) and Will Brodie (Gold Coast) named as medical reserves. This will be Cockatoo’s first AFL game for the Lions since being traded from Geelong during the season and his first AFL game since Round 3 in 2018.
The Suns were the first to score the opener, with great pressure leading to an easy goal for Ben King on the scoreline – and the scorer scored it on foot – before Josh Corbett cleverly caught the error smart to create an early opportunity for the Gold Coast. .
King then converted his second goal to give the Suns a 19-point advantage.
“Brisbane had some problems,” Brownlow medalist Gerard Healy told Fox Footy.
Alastair Lynch added: “The lions are off.”
Then, Brisbane raised the edge in pressure stakes, forcing the Gold Coast to have more spins. It led to the Lions’ first goal thanks to Joe Daniher, who showed great power to catch the ball and start.
Lincoln McCarthy then showed great speed with football through a superb goal to reduce the Suns’ lead to less than one goal in the first half.
“They woke up,” Healy said.
The Suns also suffered an injury blow in the first half, with Oleg Markov having to miss a hamstring injury and being replaced by Brodie.
But the Suns settled in after the fourth round, attacking Brisbane, leading to goals for recent Rising Star candidate Jeremy Sharp, goalscorer Alex Sexton and young star Matt Rowell.
“This is a big concern about how they can’t mitigate the loss of revenue,” three Australian-born Nick Dal Santo told Fox Footy.
“It’s a really worrying sign from a team’s defensive perspective. It is not one mistake, but many that allow the Sun to travel from coast to coast. “
The Lions then started to enjoy free kicks, with Ben Ainsworth benefiting from some lack of discipline before Josh Corbett kicked in another to score five of the last six. for Suns.
“This is getting serious for the Brisbane Lions now,” said Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson.
The Lions eventually hit back with a fine play, with 100-game man Hugh McCluggage passing a stunning pass to McCarthy, who scored an own goal.
But the Suns continued to press, with King scoring the third goal to give the Suns a 27-point lead at half-time. In the first half, The Suns scored 9 goals from 22 in the 50 minutes, while the Lions scored only 4 goals from 34 goals.
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan told Fox Footy he wanted his team to be more efficient with the use of the ball in the 50th round after half-time – and the message paid off.
After a strong attack, the Lions shot two goals from the first two goals in the 50s by Lachie Neale and Charlie Cameron.
“That’s if the Sun is expecting Brisbane to return and they are doing their best to allow them to return,” Healy said. “Some of their kicks inside the No 50 defence were basically just telling Brisbane ‘we don’t want to win’.
“Stuart Dew needed to launch a rocket out of there to wake a few guys up… First half success was built on pressure and now they look like they want to keep playing.”
And the Lions continued to press, with Callum Ah Chee taking a directional shot before Daniher somehow caught the ball and was awarded a goal after rewatching the score.
Then, just before three innings, McCarthy unleashed a long bomb from his 50s to put the Lions ahead for the first time today – a lead they kept at the final break.
Healy said the Sun is offering “little resistance”.
“It was almost impossible to believe how well they defended in the first half and how horrible they have been this term. A lot of failed tackles, a lot of 15m kicks that went straight back to the opponent,” he said.
“They were simply frozen.”
Lion Alastair Lynch, frontman of the trio added: “It’s like they went into the first half and thought ‘oh we can get this win’ and tightened up.”
According to Hudson, The Lions continued “non-stop” into the fourth half, scoring four quick goals for Dan McStay, Daniher, McCarthy and Cameron to win.
Overall, the Lions scored 13 goals in the second half to turn 29 successful points into 49 points.
“It’s scary what’s happened in the last hour for the Sun,” Healy said.
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