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Schultz the hero as Dockers win thriller



Fremantle has recorded a famous victory over St Kilda at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, small forward Lachie Schultz kicking the winning goal with less than two minutes remaining.


It was a remarkable fightback from Justin Longmuir's side, who trailed by 36 points at quarter time and lost Hayden Young and Sean Darcy to injury before the end of the opening half.


The Saints burst out of the blocks to kick seven first quarter goals, before Fremantle gained the ascendency in the second quarter with five goals to reduce the margin to 13 points at the major break.


Young was an early casualty for the Dockers with an ankle injury, while big man Darcy was concussed in a bruising hit from Saints defender Ben Long that is likely to draw attention from the match review panel.


Fremantle's dominance continued in the third quarter, kicking a further three goals and keeping the beleaguered Saints scoreless in the process.


The first two of the last went the way of the team in purple, making it eight unanswered goals for Fremantle and a 19 point lead halfway through the final term.


St Kilda then picked themselves up off the canvas with three straight goals, a 50 metre penalty gifting Zak Jones a major from the goal square to level the scores.


Schulz was then able to find space inside 50 to mark and convert his set shot, giving Fremantle the lead with a minute remaining.


They would hold on from there, winning an incredible seesawing match 12.7 (79) to 11.7 (73).


Michael Walters, James Aish, Andrew Brayshaw, Brett Bewley and Matt Taberner were among the Dockers best, while Jack Steele, Jade Gresham and Tim Membrey were the best for St Kilda.


Fremantle returns home to play West Coast next Sunday in Western Derby 51, while St Kilda has to wait till Monday week to face Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.


IMAGE: Fox Sports.

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