Adelaide’s Josh Jenkins scored a contentious goal in the Crow’s tight three-point win over Port Adelaide.
The controversial last-gasp match winner ensured the Crows would triumph over their arch rivals, snatching a late 96-93 victory
Despite the goal being assessed by a video reviewer, Fans quickly took to social media to vent their anger, and delight, over the decision.
Cue the armchair experts and semi-qualified sports commentators going on and on and on and on about "that" goal by Jenkins.
It was reviewed. It was awarded. Let's be done with it.
Don't ruin a fantastic game by trying to be Sherlock Holmes…#AFLCrowsPower
— Mr Jackson (@JJacko11) August 4, 2018
For what was a cracking game to be decided by a goal review f*ck up, is pretty disappointing. Any comments @AFL? Really derserved it’s Saturday twilight fixture too 🤦🏼♂️ #AFLCrowsPower pic.twitter.com/OsJsjRQBTy
— Daniel Pike (@pikeonaplate) August 4, 2018
it’s just frustrating how the ball hit the post but yet they show the crap vision and angles while the games on but then show the good angles once the game has finished. this has cost port a top four finish. disgusting. #AFLCrowsPower
— kris. (@flickerfor5sos) August 4, 2018
I have replayed the Jenkins goal time and again. In real time it appears to go through the goals. But the replay shows the ball going in front of the post. I swear it does. Am I going stupid? Is the IQ lying? I'm confused. 😮 #specsavers? #AFLCrowsPower
— JustJan2 (@bimmyjartel) August 4, 2018
Port appeared home late in the last term when Robbie Gray and Chad Wingard, who kicked four goals each, gave the Power a 10-point break.
Crows midfielder Bryce Gibbs was among the best-afield in his 250th AFL game, collecting 29 disposals.
His teammate Rory Sloane was superb with two goals and 26 touches while Matt Crouch (35 possessions), emerging star Wayne Milera (22 disposals) and Rory Atkins (19 disposals) were prominent.
Port’s Gray, Wingard and Jared Polec (24 possessions) were standouts for the Power, who slipped out of the top four.
Before a 50,377-strong crowd, both teams scored 5.3 in the breakneck opening quarter, with Adelaide’s Jenkins scoring two and Port’s second-gamer Kane Farrell booting three.
The attacking trend continued in the second stanza as Wingard and Gray scored majors to craft a nine-point halftime lead for the Power.
Scoring dried up in a torrid third term and Adelaide drew level late when Tom Lynch kicked a stunner – a 48m bomb on the run from near the boundary line.
Port held a one-point buffer at three quarter-time before Wingard and Gray again bobbed up, adding further goals for the Power to lead by 13 points.
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But Crows Tom Doedee and Matt Crouch struck back, with Crouch converting a 45m set shot to give Adelaide a two-point lead 14 minutes into the final quarter.
Port’s triple club champion Gray and the brilliant Wingard again struck back with majors for a 10-point break before Adelaide’s late heroics from Betts and the controversial decider from Jenkins.