Sydney has inflicted a costly defeat on Melbourne, with the Swans upsetting the AFL finals aspirants by 21 points in Cairns.
- The Demons could find themselves outside the top eight at the end of the round
- They were made to pay for wasteful kicking on goal, with 10 behinds among their 16 scoring shots
- It was the Swans’ fifth win of the season
The Demons failed to consolidate their spot in the top eight, as the Swans cruised to a 10.7 (67) to 6.10 (46) victory at Cazaly’s Stadium.
After starting the match in a golden position to move towards securing only their second finals appearance in 14 seasons, the Demons could find themselves outside the top eight by the end of the round.
Following a confidence-boosting three-point victory over fellow finals contenders St Kilda last Saturday night, Melbourne put together a dismal second quarter on Thursday to trail by 28 points at half-time.
The injury-hit Swans did as they pleased through the middle, with co-captains Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy at their dominant best, as the Demons’ pressure was near non-existent.
Swans youngster Justin McInerney broke through for his first career goal, and quickly added a second just before the main break to stun Simon Goodwin’s team.
Melbourne lifted its intensity in the second half, however the Swans’ defensive game stood up as the Demons kicked the solitary goal of the third term.
Parker’s second major three minutes into the last quarter lifted the Swans back out to a 28-point lead before Melbourne began to look threatening.
Ed Langdon had a chance to cut the deficit to nine points with six minutes remaining but the Demons midfielder hooked his set shot from 25 metres out.
Sydney then immediately switched it down the other end of the ground, as small forward Lewis Taylor iced the Swans’ fifth win of 2020.
Swans defender Callum Mills was a late withdrawal due to a calf strain and was replaced by key forward Hayden McLean.
That change allowed Sydney coach John Longmire to switch big man Tom McCartin into defence and McLean to play as a deep forward.