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VFL Wrap: Second Semi Final

Footscray's flying semi final finish Watch highlghts of the Footscray Bulldogs' six goal to one final term, to overcome a 18-point deficit and defeat Essendon to progress to the VFL Preliminary Final next weekend.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Nathan Hrovat of the Footscray Bulldogs is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal in the final quarter during the VFL 2nd Semi Final match between Footscray Bulldogs and Essendon  at North Port Oval on September 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Nathan Hrovat of the Footscray Bulldogs is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal in the final quarter during the VFL 2nd Semi Final match between Footscray Bulldogs and Essendon at North Port Oval on September 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media)

Midfielder Nathan Hrovat kicked the match-winning goal from the tightest of angles in Footscray's come-from-behind 19-point triumph.

Hrovat improved the angle and slotted the set shot from the boundary after Bomber Jake Long's errant kick landed out of bounds on the full.

The Bulldogs trailed by 18 points at three-quarter time, but had the momentum in the final quarter and overran the tiring Bombers.

Bulldogs Lukas Webb, Roarke Smith and Toby McLean were late withdrawals from the clash as the club looks for suitable options to replace injured midfielder Lin Jong (collarbone).

Veteran Jed Adcock controlled the ball in the tense final quarter, working in tandem with Mitch Honeychurch. 

Forward Bailey Dale was reliable in attack, using his strong overhead marking ability to slot three first-half goals, while Koby Stevens, who was omitted from the Bulldogs' elimination final squad against West Coast, was kept relatively quiet.

Footscray takes on Collingwood in next Saturday's preliminary final at North Port Oval.

 

Stats

 

Mitch Honeychurch 26 disposals, eight marks, five tackles

Jed Adcock 23 disposals, four marks, ten tackles

Brad Lynch 21 disposals, five marks

Bailey Williams 21 disposals, five marks

Nathan Hrovat 20 disposals, three tackles, one goal

Koby Stevens 16 disposals, six tackles

Fletcher Roberts 15 disposals, nine marks

Tom Campbell 13 disposals, three marks, four tackles, 24 hitouts, one goal

Bailey Dale Three goals, four marks, three tackles

Declan Hamilton 13 disposals, one goal

Will Minson Seven disposals, six tackles, 24 hitouts.