Sydney Swans lose striker Isaac Heeney to injury and ‘just went to sleep’ as Essendon scored five unanswered goals in a close match at the MCG
- The Swans lead by four points at halftime in their clash with Essendon on the ‘G
- They had to endure a storm of five goals from the bombers who came back
- Swans forward Isaac Heeney picked up a high shot and a suspected quad injury
- There’s plenty to play for, with places in the AFL top eight extremely close
The Sydney Swans have taken a four point lead at halftime of their AFL clash, but they have many concerns with a forward on the bench and the Bombers closing quickly.
The Swans stormed Essendon early on in the MCG until the young Bombers player came alive with an unanswered run of five goals, most notably Sam Durham kicking the goal that led to Essendon’s resurgence.
“It changed on the back of young Durham who was able to go back and stop some of that momentum,” said former St Kilda great and commentator Nick Riewoldt.
“At that point, Sydney completely dominated the game, they moved it at will, they got the scoreboard, the Bombers couldn’t move it and then it just changed on the back of [Durham’s goal]†
Peter Wright of the Bombers celebrates a goal during the Round 16 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and Sydney Swans at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Former Collingwood champion player and coach Nathan Buckley also praised the young Bombers.
“I think it’s great for Bombers fans to see the young guys have ridden in it,” he said.
“That little run-up, that’s done by the younger players, but through the middle they just continue to find the ball.
“They dominated undisputed possessions, they dominated the field position and then they could finish.
“Sydney just went to sleep.”
There is also concern for Isaac Heeney, with the Swans taken high and then hooked off the field. The official statement from the Swans camp is that he has a quad injury, but he may also undergo a head injury assessment before being allowed to return.
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