Late Fremantle AFL comeback stuns Tigers

A last-minute goal to David Mundy has propelled Fremantle to a stunning four-point AFL win over Richmond at the MCG.

The Tigers led for most of a pressure-packed encounter but a late mistake from defender Bachar Houli let the Dockers in for the 12.10 (82) to 10.18 (78) win.

Damien Hardwick’s men hit the post five times in an inaccurate display that ultimately cost them the game.

The Dockers trailed by two goals early in the final term but kept coming, with Matthew Pavlich kicking one of his three goals for the evening.

Garrick Ibbotson marked Houli’s errant kick-in following a behind, after Tom Sheridan missed his chance at the match winner.

Ibbotson set up Mundy who broke Tiger hearts with a set shot from 50m out with just 31 seconds left on the clock.

Mundy was influential throughout with 28 possessions, with Nat Fyfe, who looked troubled by a corked thigh, and Michael Barlow also key contributors.

Brandon Ellis and Trent Cotchin were prominent for Richmond, along with Dustin Martin, but he was the chief offender in front of goal with four behinds.

A dour first quarter that yielded one goal to each side and ended with scores level at quarter-time gave way to an entertaining second term.

Ivan Maric then helped spark the Tigers with a brilliant chase down tackle on Fyfe and backed it up with two goals as Richmond edged ahead.

But a bizarre 50m penalty paid against Martin for squirting Lee Spurr with his water bottle played a part in a Dockers’ fight-back.

Chris Mayne kicked a goal from point-blank range following the penalty and when Michael Taberner kicked truly after the halftime siren, Fremantle trailed by just two points.

The Tigers lost Shaun Hampson to a knee injury but they gained the upper hand early in a third quarter played with a finals-like intensity.

The Dockers couldn’t break through Richmond’s stifling forward press, with only the Tigers’ continued inaccuracy stopping them from going further than 12 points up.

Another odd 50m penalty when Clancee Pearce was whistled while trying to get off the ground to receive treatment on a shoulder injury didn’t hurt Fremantle, who again finished strongly with Fyfe and Barlow prominent.

The Tigers held a slender five point lead at three-quarter time and looked the stronger team early before Ross Lyon’s men came storming home.

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