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Eagles survive Saint King’s masterclass

West Coast have overcome the early lack of star goalsneak Liam Ryan and a marking masterclass from Max King to submit an eight-point AFL victory over St Kilda at Optus Stadium.

Ryan lasted simply 18 minutes of Saturday’s match earlier than pinging his left hamstring whereas celebrating a aim.

His absence was an enormous early blow, and King’s career-best six-goal haul saved the Saints within the match all through the day.

King snared a whopping eight contested marks, taking Eagles defender Harry Edwards to the cleaners.

The Saints spearhead booted three objectives alone within the last quarter to shut the margin to seven factors with two-and-a-half minutes remaining.

However grand last hero Dom Sheed once more stepped up within the huge second, nailing a aim on the run from 40m to seal the 14.10 (94) to 13.8 (86) win in entrance of 43,657 followers.

Sheed completed with 32 disposals, seven clearances and two objectives in a standout show, whereas Tim Kelly (26 disposals, 4 rating assists, one aim) was influential when West Coast made their transfer within the second time period.

The consequence improved West Coast’s file to 10-8, whereas St Kilda dropped to 8-10 and face a serious battle to safe a finals berth.

After a decent opening quarter, Kelly ran rampant within the midfield within the second time period and Darling and Kennedy cashed in up ahead with two objectives apiece.

King additionally produced a two-goal burst, however the weight of numbers was with West Coast, who booted 6.4 from 15 inside 50s to take a 28-point lead into the lengthy break.

The third quarter was a see-sawing affair that featured a howling error from both sides.

Eagles defender Josh Rotham snared a mark after which performed on with a bounce, solely to look at in horror because the ball bounced over his shoulder and into the trail of Dan Butler for a straightforward aim.

St Kilda utility Ben Lengthy was additionally searching for a gap to cover in when the ball spilled to him close to the goalsquare and his shot from one metre out went throughout the face and hit the aim umpire.

The choice went to a video evaluation, which on proof prompt the ball would have cannoned into the submit.

West Coast led by 25 factors on the last change, however King turned the match on its head with three objectives from highly effective marks.

However the Saints could not discover the killer blow, with the Eagles discovering the reply on the loss of life to safe the win.

Eagles ahead Jack Darling bounced again to type with three objectives, Elliot Yeo was a robust physique within the midfield with 24 disposals and 9 clearances, whereas 150-game milestone man Jeremy McGovern was stable in defence and carried out an vital back-up position within the ruck.

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