Cats drop to third after Crows snatch thrilling win

 GEELONG dropped to third on the ladder after dropping only their third game for the season when a determined Adelaide ran over the top of the Cats to win by two points today.

Jimmy Bartel and Harry Taylor both had dramatic chances in the last minute of the game to snatch back a Cats win but their shots from tight angles at AAMI stadium sailed through for behinds.
The 14.10 (94) to 14.8 (92) result pushed the Cats down to third position on the AFL ladder , 1.1 per cent behind second-placed Essendon  and a game behind ladder leader Hawthorn.
The Crows trailed by five goals after Cats fullback Tom Lonergan pushed forward to kick the first goal of the third quarter
But with their season on the line and in front of a vocal home crowd, the Crows rallied to kick eight of the last 10 goals to steal a victory which revives their flagging season.
Tom Lynch triggered the fightback with three goals in the third term to help the Crows creep within 14 points at three quarter-time.
Influential on-baller Bernie Vince gave Adelaide the momentum with a classy left-foot snap early in the last term and when his teammates Andy Otten and Brad Crouch soon followed with goals, the Crows trailed by one point.
Midway through the last quarter, young ruckman Mark Blicavs kicked a pressure set shot goal to have the Cats out to an eight-point lead .
But as players tired, Nathan van Berlo snapped a goal before  goalsneak Matthew Wright slotted home his fourth with five minutes remaining to give the Crows a four-point lead – the first time they were in front since the first quarter.
Geelong then had two chances to win in the final minute but Bartel and Taylor both missed their chances to be the match heroes.
Adelaide midfielders Rory Sloane (27 disposals) and Richard Douglas (31 possessions) toiled tirelessly while backman Ricky Henderson was a standout with 32 touches.
The Cats were superbly served by evergreen Corey Enright and Joel Corey (27 disposals) and captain Joel Selwood and Josh Caddy each scored three goals.
The Crows are now two only wins outside the top eight with six games remaining.
Geelong next host St Kilda while the Crows travel to meet Fremantle, both games next Saturday.
ADELAIDE   3.5,  4.8,    9.8,  14.10 (94) 
GEELONG      4.0,  9.2,  12.4, 14.8 (92) 
Goals: Adelaide: M Wright 4 T Lynch 3 A Otten 2 B Vince 2 B Crouch J Jenkins N van Berlo. Geelong: J Caddy 3 J Selwood 3 J Kelly 2 S Motlop 2 T Hawkins 2 M Blicavs T Lonergan.
Best: Adelaide: R Sloane R Douglas B Vince R Henderson T Lynch B Crouch M Wright. Geelong: C Enright J Corey J Bartel J Selwood M Duncan J Caddy.
Injuries: Adelaide: Nil. Geelong: T Hunt (ankle) replaced in selected side by J Stringer.
Reports: Nil.
Umpires: Jeff Dalgleish, Mathew Nicholls, Luke Farmer.
Official Crowd: 28,603 at AAMI Stadium.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
Cats v Crows 1/4 time
Cats 4.0 (24)
Crows 3.5 (23)
Two goals to skipper Joel Selwood, one after an interchange infringement, were the highlight for the Cats who were outplayed by an Adelaide intent on keeping possession (119-73). The Crows dominated inside 50s (19-7) but missed opportunities in front of goal were costly. Steven Motlop kicked a great snap in the last minute to give the Cats an unlikely lead.
Cats v Crows 1/2 time
Cats 9.2 (56)
Crows 4.8 (32)
The Cats ratchet up their defensive efforts and start to play the game on their terms, kicking three unanswered goals to open a 19-point lead. The Cats were at their brilliant best  opening the “Geelong Highway” down the middle and Travis Varcoe showed his value with a searching run which set up a James Kelly goal. Selwood (three goals) and Motlop (two goals) leading the way.
Cats v Crows 3/4 time
Cats 12.4 (76)
Crows 9.8 (62)
After the Cats kick the first goal through Tom Lonergan, the Crows surge to kick five out the next seven goals and send the intensity of the match to a new level. Jimmy Bartel (10k, 9hb) stood firm more than once including a brave mark across half-back. The Crows, with their season on the line, subbed out Scott Thompson (9k, 6hb).
Cats v Crows Fulltime 
Cats 14.8 (92)
Crows 14.10 (94)
The Crows do it. A five goal to two last quarter gets the Crows over the line. Jimmy Bartel and Harry Taylor had snaps in the last minute to win the game but could only manage points.  The Crows opened the term with a  great goal to Bernie Vince. Cats responded with an end-to-end goal after a Lonergan intercept mark to see Tom Hawkins kick a goal. Young Cat Mark Blicavs goaled from a set shot under pressure to put the Cats up by eight points halfway through the quarter but the Crows, who were full of running, kicked the next two majors through skipper Nathan van Berlo and Matthew Wright.
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