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Lions survive early fright to beat Eagles

Lions survive early fright to beat Eagles

BRISBANE has absorbed an early West Coast surge to thump the Eagles by 45 points and stay unbeaten in the AFLW.

The Lions led by one at half-time despite the Eagles dominating inside 50s and incredibly winning the game’s first 13 clearances.

But they made the visitors pay for their missed opportunities in front of goal, putting the foot down with a five-goal third term to prevail 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) at Hickey Park in Monday’s rescheduled fixture.

It kept the Eagles winless in their second AFLW season and set up a tasty clash with unbeaten Melbourne next Sunday after the Lions’ comprehensive defeats of Richmond and Gold Coast to begin their campaign kept their percentage above 500.

School teacher Lauren Arnell made the most of her day out of the classroom, collecting a game-high 18 disposals and a goal.

The competition’s leading goalkicker Dakota Davidson managed two majors, including a set shot from the tightest of angles in the pocket to ignite the Lions’ second half.

That goal followed some stern half-time words from the Lions’ coaching staff and sparked them into action when Alexandra Anderson, Jesse Wardlaw, Taylor Smith and Arnell all kicked goals as their midfield turned the tables.

Their ability to bring the ball to ground and convert whenever entering their forward 50 was a clear difference, with the Eagles unable to transfer their early field position dominance into genuine scoring chances.

Aisling McCarthy had 17 touches and a goal for the Eagles while Andrea Gilmore kicked her first AFLW goal before a head knock ended her night prematurely.

The Eagles will immediately fly home to Perth on Monday night before heading east again to face the Giants in Sydney on Sunday.

(C) AAP 2021

BRISBANE LIONS 1.0 3.1 8.5 10.5 (65)

WEST COAST EAGLES 1.4 2.5 2.5 2.7 (19)

Goals: Brisbane Lions: T Smith 3 D Davidson 2 A Anderson E Bates G Bodey J Wardlaw L Arnell. West Coast Eagles: A Gilmore A McCarthy.

Venue: Hickey Park.