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Eagles in a thriller in Adelaide

Eagles in a thriller in Adelaide

WEST Coast has produced a stunning comeback to down Adelaide by 12 points in a tense AFL tussle on Saturday.

The Eagles came from 33 points down in the third quarter to prevail 13.7 (85) to 10.13 (73) at Adelaide Oval.

With scores level with three minutes to go, 12-gamer Oscar Allen and Jack Darling booted late goals for the Eagles to consolidate their top-four slot.

Darling and fellow forwards Josh Kennedy and Patrick Cripps slotted three goals apiece as West Coast banked a seventh win from 10 games this season.

The Eagles’ trusty ball-winners Dom Sheed (31 disposals), Andew Gaff (33 possessions), Elliot Yeo (28 disposals) and Luke Shuey (33 touches) were all influential in the precious road win.

West Coast appeared down and out when Adelaide’s Eddie Betts booted his second goal to give the Crows a 33-point lead seven minutes into the third term.

But the visitors kicked 10 of the last dozen goals of the game to produce a stirring victory.

The Crows, now with five wins and five losses, slip further into a clogged middle of the ladder.

Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch gathered a game-high 39 disposals and his fellow midfielders Rory Sloane (32 possessions) and Cam Ellis-Yolmen (30 touches) were prominent.

Crow Wayne Milera (three goals) and Betts (two majors) were dangers in attack but Adelaide relinquished control in the second half.

Much of the Crows’ lead was created in a commanding second term when they kicked five goals in a 14-minute burst – they had a remarkable 15 consecutive inside 50s.

But West Coast dragged themselves back into the contest in the third term, kicking five goals to two trail by 10 points at three-quarter time.

Eagle linchpin Kennedy booted two clutch final-term goals before rookie Allen gave them the lead with three minutes to go – he cleverly tapped the ball to himself over a pair of players, then ran into an open goal, before teammate Darling iced the result.

The Crows next meet Melbourne in Darwin on Saturday night with the Eagles hosting Western Bulldogs the following day.

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WEST COAST 3.3 3.4 8.6 13.7 (85)

ADELAIDE 2.2 7.8 9.10 10.13 (73)

Goals: West Coast: J Cripps 3 J Darling 3 J Kennedy 3 D Sheed J Petruccelle O Allen W Rioli. Adelaide: W Milera 3 E Betts 2 C Ellis-Yolmen L Murphy P Seedsman R Atkins R Sloane.

Best: West Coast: L Shuey D Sheed A Gaff J Redden J Darling J Cripps. Adelaide: R Sloane C Ellis-Yolmen B Crouch R Laird B Smith.

Umpires: Matt Stevic, David Harris, Andrew Stephens.

Official Crowd: 41,630 at Adelaide Oval.