COLLINGWOOD’S Jamie Elliott has made a triumphant six-goal comeback to inspire his side to a five-point AFL win against Adelaide.
The Magpies banked just their third victory of the season with a spirited 12.6 (78) to 10.13 (73) victory at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
Elliott, on return after missing nine games because of a broken leg, booted five goals in a stunning first half.
And he also kicked the match-winner: with Adelaide leading by two points with about seven minutes left, Elliott bombed a 50-metre goal on the run.
Elliott’s late strike was the final major of the game as the Pies held on to break a three-game losing streak.
Elliott was Collingwood’s only multiple goal-scorer while veteran Steele Sidebottom was outstanding with his 22 disposals featuring a goal and seven clearances.
Magpies Jack Crisp (31 disposals), Caleb Poulter (20 disposals, one goal), Will Hoskin Elliott (21 touches) and Jordan De Goey (one goal) all had patches of influence.
The Crows, now with four wins and eight losses, butchered a series of shots at goals with the usually-accurate Taylor Walker kicking 2.6.
Fellow forward Darcy Fogarty also booted two goals, as did Paul Seedsman whose stellar season continued in a 27-disposal display.
Adelaide midfielder Rory Laird was superb with his 40 possessions including seven clearances.
But the lively Elliott was the game-breaker, slotting four goals in the first quarter alone.
The crafty forward dominated as the Pies booted 5.0 to 1.1 from the sluggish Crows, who had a dozen players with two or fewer disposals for the term.
Elliott potted his fifth goal in the second stanza but it came against the tide as Adelaide, with 20 inside 50s to seven, notched four goals to two for the term.
The Crows’ comeback would have been more productive if not for Walker’s waywardness – he kicked 1.5 in the first half and had another set shot fall short.
The Magpies led 7.0 to 5.6 at halftime and then weathered an Adelaide charge in the third term.
The Crows took an eight-point lead in the 21st minute only for the visitors to respond with three late goals to creep 11 points up at the last change, 11.3 to 8.10.
Adelaide’s Shane McAdam then threatened to steal victory with a late cameo – he kicked his side’s only two goals in the last quarter to create a two-point lead.
But Collingwood’s Elliott then capped his remarkable return by dashing from the centre square, taking a bounce, and scoring on the run.
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COLLINGWOOD 5.0 7.0 11.3 12.6 (78)
ADELAIDE 1.1 5.6 8.10 10.13 (73)
Goals: Collingwood: J Elliott 6 C Poulter J Daicos J de Goey J Thomas S Sidebottom T Bianco. Adelaide: D Fogarty 2 P Seedsman 2 S McAdam 2 T Walker 2 N McHenry R Thilthorpe.
Umpires: Jacob Mollison, Andrew Stephens, Justin Power.
Venue: Adelaide Oval.