Lachie Whitfield of the Giants celebrates a goal against the Dockers.
Lachie Whitfield of the Giants celebrates a goal against the Dockers. CRAIG GOLDING

Giants' luck turns in defeat of Dockers

THINGS are finally starting to fall the way of Greater Western Sydney.

Following a torrid stretch with injury and form, which saw the Giants win only one of six games going into their clash with the Dockers, the tide turned at Spotless Stadium.

A narrow 12-point win came following a huge final term, where the Giants kicked five goals to two to overturn a 15-point three-quarter time deficit and record a relieving victory.

Following his first game back in 10 weeks, midfielder Stephen Coniglio was at the heart of everything, returning from an ankle injury with a bang to inspire the win.

Kelly finished with 27 disposals, nine clearances, six tackles and threatened on the scoreboard in what was a really promising sign for Leon Cameron and the Giants.

"Freo came out swinging and at three-quarter time we looked down at out," he told Fox Footy.

"But the boys found a way in the end. I've been out a long time, so it was just a really good feeling just to get back out there and get another win as well.

"We found a way in the end and I think that was the most impressive thing. We did that against Richmond and Collingwood earlier in the year, so this might kickstart our next month."

Coniglio's return - it was only his third match for the year after also missing six weeks to start the season with an ankle injury - comes at the perfect time for the Giants.

With veteran recruit Brett Deledio finally likely to return from a calf injury to make his club debut next week, maybe the side has overseen the wave of bad luck at Spotless Stadium.

Dylan Shiel, who looked to have injured his shoulder last week, was cleared of any serious damage and had 26 disposals, nine clearances and seven inside 50s, aiding the midfield.

Josh Kelly completed the trio, racking up 27 disposals, six clearances and kicking the all important match-winning goal with just seconds remaining in the contest.

 

Ethan Hughes of the Dockers goes over the top of Harry Perryman of the Giants but fails to take the mark.
Ethan Hughes of the Dockers goes over the top of Harry Perryman of the Giants but fails to take the mark. CRAIG GOLDING

Together, the three on-ball guns formed a dynamic partnership out of the centre square and reminded the competition just how potent they can be at their best.

Cameron also delivered a timely reminder of his ability from the coaches box, helping to inspire the side's last quarter effort with a rallying message at the final change.

"We were just down on confidence a bit early on," Kelly told Fox Footy.

"Leon came to us at three-quarter time and he was really good. He just said 'boys, play with some confidence, move the ball and get each other involved'.

"It was pleasing we could do that."

For Fremantle, this was another missed opportunity.

Some might say they were fortunate to be in the contest at all - they had 12 fewer scoring shots than the Giants - though having led at the final change, Ross Lyon will be disappointed.

However, there were promising signs for this visitors.

Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe continued his return to form with 31 disposals, five clearances, five tackles and two goals, while a couple of youngsters also impressed.

Luke Ryan returned from suspension with 25 disposals from 14 marks, cleaning up everything across half back, while Darcy Tucker finished with 23 disposals from 11 marks.

But it was the Giants' day, with their top four hopes receiving a huge boost with a nervous, yet satisfying victory.

News Corp Australia

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