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Caleb Serong kicks STUNNING goal of the season contender as Fremantle beat Port 99-91

Caleb Serong kicks GORGEOUS goal of the season contender from the borderline as Dockers survives mighty fear of winning nine-point THRILLER against Port

  • Fremantle defeated Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91) at Optus Stadium
  • Dockers led by a whopping 40 points before Power roared back
  • Caleb Serong scored a brilliant goal from the tightest corner in the second half
  • Rory Lobb started a career-best five goals for the Dockers in the win

Caleb Serong produced a contender for the goal of the season as Fremantle slid past Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91) in a close encounter on Sunday.

Leading 19 points for the Dockers late in the second quarter, Serong charged a loose ball from a stoppage and, without breaking the pass, launched a long kick from the tightest of corners.

Despite being about to cross the line and kick it off his unpreferred left foot, the Fremantle’s young gun did enough to get the Sherrin through the posts.

Caleb Serong kicked a goal off the season contender as the Dockers defeated Port on Sunday

Caleb Serong kicked a goal off the season contender as the Dockers defeated Port on Sunday

In a game that saw excellent scoring and at least four contenders for the season, Fox Footy commentator Adam Papalia described Serong’s six-pointer as a “ridiculous, remarkable” attempt.

Serong’s stunning finish led the Dockers 25 at halftime with Fremantle leading by a whopping 40 points, before Port stormed back with five goals either side in three-quarters of time to reduce the margin to a few digits.

But in the closing minutes, Power’s Robbie Gray and Todd Marshall failed to convert straight set shots and the Dockers held out to consolidate their spot in the top four of the AFL.

The win, inspired by Rory Lobb’s career high five goals, puts Fremantle one game clear in fourth position and one win for ladder leaders Melbourne.

Dockers' young gun started a great effort from close to the boundary line late in the second half to give Fremantle 25 points ahead

Dockers’ young gun started a great effort from close to the boundary line late in the second half to give Fremantle 25 points ahead

But it could come at the expense of injury-prone key striker Matt Taberner (two goals) who was substituted last term with a hamstring problem.

Taberner made just eight games this season after being sidelined with hamstring and back problems.

A crowd of 41,326 enjoyed no shortage of highlights for the blockbuster finish.

Fremantle rising star Hayden Young had the Dockers on his feet as he sat on the head of an hapless Lachie Jones and pulled a remarkable hold down in the second quarter.

Ryan Lobb kicked a career-high five goals as the Dockers won 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91)

Ryan Lobb kicked a career-high five goals as the Dockers won 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91)

Fremantle consolidated a place in the top four and one win away from ladder leaders Melbourne

Fremantle consolidated a place in the top four and one win away from ladder leaders Melbourne

While Port is in 12th position and their last hopes are dwindling after a small loss

While Port is in 12th position and their last hopes are dwindling after a small loss

Powerful young gun Mitch Georgiades delivered his own best of the year contender late in the third term when he soared above the 3ft Brennan Cox.

But it was Fremantle’s Brownlow Medal hopeful Andrew Brayshaw who arguably delivered the key moment, his sensational humiliating tackle on Jeremy Finlayson scoring a Lachie Shultz goal that slowed Port’s late-game run.

“He had some huge games in the last quarter. He just never gives up,” Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir said of Brayshaw.

‘We needed a big effort’ […] It looked like it was going to be a certain goal and we managed to turn the ball around and we got a good look back the other way.”

Brownlow Medal hopeful Andrew Brayshaw finished with 27 touches and one goal

Brownlow Medal hopeful Andrew Brayshaw finished with 27 touches and one goal

While Ollie Wines achieved a game-high 39 divestments for the Power at Optus Stadium

While Ollie Wines achieved a game-high 39 divestments for the Power at Optus Stadium

Brayshaw led a midfield that reacted strongly after being pretty beaten in last week’s 31-point loss to Carlton.

With double Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe playing a half-forward role, Brayshaw paired up with Serong, Will Brodie and ruckman Sean Darcy to ensure Fremantle dominated the distances.

Outrunners James Aish and Jordan Clark were also important, while Lobb, the 207cm spearhead, feasted on Fremantle’s forward trips.

Mitch Georgiades (No. 19) achieved an absolutely stunning Power rating in a thrilling competition

Mitch Georgiades (No. 19) achieved an absolutely stunning Power rating in a thrilling competition

Lobb, out of contract next year and linked with a possible move to the East Coast after a failed trade bid last season, scored three of his five goals in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter.

Ollie Wines (39 disposals) and Travis Boak (32) led Port’s midfield resurgence, while Charlie Dixon kicked back-to-back majors in the last term after being held goalless before.

Hosting GWS next week, The Power is in 12th position and their last hopes are dwindling.

Port coach Ken Hinkley acknowledged his side's kickback came way too late in the game

Port coach Ken Hinkley acknowledged his side’s kickback came way too late in the game

Coach Ken Hinkley was proud of his side’s fight, but acknowledged that it came much too late.

“We almost could have won, didn’t we, if you look at the game and look at the shots we had and the chances we didn’t take in the end,” he said.

“But if you leave yourself that far behind, you probably don’t deserve to win.”

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