FULL TIME - Essendon 21.12 (138) defeated Carlton 8.9 (57)
Essendon broke away from Carlton early and stayed comfortably clear on the way to winning by 81 points at the MCG on Sunday night.
Jackson Merrett was the only player over 30 touches, collecting 34, while Heath Hocking (28), Brent Stanton (25, 3 goals) and Paul Chapman (23, 4 goals) were other dominant Bombers.
Carlton didn't have a winner. Troy Menzel (13 possessions, 2 goals) did some nice things but still put a 15m set shot into the post in the fourth quarter.
Essendon is best of the two-and-one teams sitting fourth on the ladder while Carlton is "best" of the zip-and-three teams sitting 15th.
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FULL TIME - ESS 21.12 (138) CAR 8.9 (57)
The siren sounded as Joe Daniher was passing short inside forward 50m.
Q4 25.30 - ESS 21.11 (137) CAR 8.9 (57)
Murphy snaps a goal from 25m. 2.26 to go on the count-down clock.
Q4 22.15 - ESS 21.10 (136) CAR 7.9 (51)
Henderson kicks a 50m goal from a set shot.
That should be enough to keep Carlton above the other zip-and-three teams on the ladder.
Q4 18.15 - ESS 21.10 (136) CAR 6.9 (45)
Chapman marks on the lead 45m out...and makes the distance easily from 50m!
Another Essendon goal!
Q4 16.45 - ESS 20.10 (130) CAR 6.9 (45)
Daniher marks on the lead and kicks truly from 52m out in the corridor!
With 8.08 to go the 100-point margin is very much in play.
Q4 15.00 - ESS 19.10 (124) CAR 6.9 (45)
Long ball into the Bomber forward 50m spills over the back to an Essendon two-on-one...Winderlich doesn't even pick it up as he soccers through a goal.
Q4 8.00 - ESS 18.9 (117) CAR 6.9 (45)
Gleeson is pinged for holding Menzel under a long ball to the Carlton goalsquare.
Menzel is put on a 45-degree angle with the man on the mark 2m out.
Menzel puts it into the post from 15m! That sums up Carlton's night.
Q4 6.00 - ESS 18.9 (117) CAR 6.8 (44)
A quick Bomber centre clearance goes to Winderlich...quick hand off to Chapman...change of direction to swing onto the right foot and snap goal from 30m!
Q4 3.30 - ESS 17.8 (110) CAR 6.8 (44)
50m penalty against Tuohy for an off-the-ball open-hand hit on Goddard.
It walks Melksham to the goal-line for the first major of the final term.
Will Goddard cop it for reaching for his face after Tuohy shoved him in the chest? The umpire did pay "high" but replays suggest Tuohy won't be cited by the MRP.
Q4 START - ESS 16.8 (104) CAR 6.8 (44)
Hardingham replaced at three-quarter time by Gleeson. Bell came on for White late in the third quarter.
THREE QUARTER TIME - ESS 16.8 (104) CAR 6.8 (44)
Carlton's percentage down to 67.4...other zip-and-three teams Brisbane 63.6, Adelaide 59.2, Melbourne 47.4.
Q3 30.00 - ESS 16.8 (104) CAR 6.7 (43)
Menzel kicks a goal from 40m on the run.
Carlton has subbed off Simon White (two possessions) with Tom Bell coming on.
Q3 25.45 - ESS 16.7 (103) CAR 5.7 (37)
Essendon back on a roll...Stanton marks in the left forward pocket and goals from 15m out!
4.14 to go on the count-down clock.
Q3 23.45 - ESS 15.7 (97) CAR 5.7 (37)
Dylan Buckley is run down holding the ball by Watson on half back!
Essendon go inside forward 50m to Carlisle who marks and goals!
The gap is out to 10 straight goals.
Q3 22.00 - ESS 14.7 (91) CAR 5.7 (37)
Boundary throw-in in Essendon's forward 50m.
Daniher taps it down to Heppell who throws it on the left foot...tumbling snap...rolling through!
A great kick from 30m out in the left forward pocket.
Q3 19.00 - ESS 13.7 (85) CAR 5.6 (36)
Merrett puts the ball over the top to Goddard who crashes the pack one-on-three!
It spills to Chapman who strides into an open goal!
For all of Carlton's endeavour in this term, Essendon has had all the answers.
Q3 14.00 - ESS 12.7 (79) CAR 5.6 (36)
Heppell is pushed in the back by Murphy...free kick on half forward.
Short pass to Melksham who bombs long to the top of the square...off hands for a rushed behind.
Q3 7.45 - ESS 12.6 (78) CAR 5.5 (35)
Essendon hit back...Winderlich marks and converts from 35m out in front.
Q3 6.30 - ESS 11.6 (72) CAR 5.5 (35)
Carlton gets the clearance wide...Waite picks up and shoots from 40m in the left pocket! Across the face for a point.