David Mundy has broken Richmond hearts for the second time in three years, goaling after the siren to give Fremantle a dramatic two-point win in their AFL match at the MCG.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon nearly missed the dramatic denouement as he had left the box and headed straight for the lift when Brandon Ellis’s flying left-footed snap sailed through at the other end to give the Tigers an unlikely lead with 24 seconds left on the clock.
But crucially, Dockers onballer Lachie Neale was able to win the last centre clearance of the match and get the ball to the ice-cool Mundy, who marked and kicked truly to secure a 10.12 (72) to 10.10 (70) victory.
It was Fremantle’s only goal of the fourth quarter after Richmond had kicked five majors on the trot, having started the term 30 points in arrears.
Two years ago, Mundy kicked the final goal at the MCG in near-identical circumstances against the Tigers after Bachar Houli committed a bad turnover.
“Neale cleared it, somehow found Mundy, I got out of the lift and Mundy was lined up and the siren had gone,” Lyon said.
“I just wasn’t sure how far out or how wide the angle.
“What was it – 30 metres and 45 degrees? I thought ‘he’s done this before David so he’ll probably do it again’.
“But until you see it sail through … to handle that sort of pressure, he’s been wonderful this year.”
Sunday’s win was Fremantle’s fifth in their past six games.
Richmond have now lost three matches on the trot, the last two by less than a goal to the Western Bulldogs and the Dockers.
“I thought our first three quarters were pretty poor, we didn’t play anywhere near what we would have liked, didn’t defend it particularly well,” Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.
“You look at the last 20 seconds and there were things we could have done better in that situation too.
“But the damage was done in the first thee quarters where we played a pretty poor brand of footy.”
Fremantle had the better of a thoroughly forgettable first half, but led by only five points at the long break after Dustin Martin goaled in the final minute.
The Dockers lifted in the third term, but Richmond got even worse, conceding four goals to nil as the margin blew out.
The Tigers looked to have finally kicked their first goal of the third quarter in the dying seconds, only for Josh Caddy’s effort to be controversially disallowed for a goal-line shepherd by Jack Riewoldt, which was deemed illegal.
Richmond slipped to a 5-3 win-loss record, having started the season with five-straight victories.
The Tigers’ next match is a trip to Spotless Stadium to take on the GWS Giantson Saturday, while Fremantle return home to square off against improving Carlton next Sunday.