While it might have been 14th vs 15th, the Saints and Demons Round 11 clash in 2015 developed into an absolute thriller that wasn’t decided until the final minute.
1. Jack Lonie
The Demons opened the scoring through Jesse Hogan but the Saints quickly answered back. After an intercept mark by Sam Gilbert across halfback the ball was swiftly moved along the wing and into the hands of Jack Lonie. The youngster made no mistake from a tight angle and the game was back on level terms.
2. Tim Membrey
Behind again as a result of another Hogan goal, the Saints increased their pressure and it would be through this effort that their second goal would come. Winning a freekick at half forward after a strong tackle, Seb Ross delivered the ball to Tim Membrey who made no mistake with his set shot.
3. Nick Riewoldt
Hard running and numbers at the contest help deliver Nick Riewoldt his first and the Saints third goal. Crashing through the pack, Mav Weller won a decisive contest close to goal before shovelling the ball out towards Riewoldt who soccered through the goal from close range.
4. Nick Riewoldt
An Angus Brayshaw goal brought the margin back to a single point before Darren Minchington was important in earning Riewoldt a set shot at goal. Swooping on a loose ball, Minchington bullocked and weaved his way through traffic before finding Jack Newnes with a handpass who delivered a short pass to the waiting Riewoldt.
5. Darren Minchington
The Saints wouldn’t have to wait long for number five with it coming from the centre bounce following their fourth goal. After Leigh Montagna drove the ball forward Riewoldt, Newnes and Minchington combined once again to set up the latter for the six pointer.
6. Nick Riewoldt
While they may not have come often in later years, it would be a Jack Newnes tackle that would prove the catalyst of the Saints next goal. Having seen his team mate win the freekick on centre wing, Riewoldt provided the perfect leading option for him and marked strongly in front of his opponent. Despite working with a tight angle, his resultant set shot never looked like missing.
7. Seb Ross
The Saints were on fire at this stage and, when Ross finished off some good ground work by his team mates deep inside fifty, extended their lead to 23-points.
8. Josh Bruce
After two quick Melbourne goals, Bruce was on hand to mark inside forward fifty and help the Saints back out to an 18-point lead.
9. Jack Lonie
After the Saints muscled the ball forward, Lonie picked his opponent’s pocket and finished smartly to help his team out to a game high 24-point lead.
10. Jack Steven
Winning the ball out of the middle, Steven sped towards goal and kicked truly from inside the centre square. After six consecutive Melbourne goals either side of half time, it was a much needed goal that cut the margin to six points.
11. Nick Riewoldt
Marking strongly, after smart work from Luke Dunstan at half forward gave him a one on one opportunity, Riewoldt kicked his fourth to level the scores near three quarter time.
12. Leigh Montagna
It was an all-or-nothing centre bounce for the Saints after Jeremy Howe gave Melbourne the lead with less than a minute on the clock. After a quiet afternoon, it would be Jack Steven who would prove critical in the match winning goal. After winning the ball in the middle and driving it forward, he would be on hand to receive a handball from Jack Lonie before delivering the ball to a dangerous area deep inside attacking fifty. With just 19 seconds left on the clock, Leigh Montagna gleefully ran onto the loose ball and into an empty goal square to kick the winning goal.