Swans move in to the top eight with thrilling win over Essendon

The Sydney Swans have pulled off a remarkable come from behind win in the dying seconds of their match with Essendon to come out one-point winners.

The Swans somehow managed to score 20 points in the final 270 seconds at the SCG, including a kick from Gary Rohan after the final buzzer.

The victory see’s Sydney move in to the top eight, taking the Bomber’s place.


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A finals berth is now possible for the Swans despute their disastrous start to the season.

If they do make the eight, it would be a record-breaking feat; no side in VFL/AFL history has ever rallied from a 0-5 start and reached the finals, let alone a 0-6 start.

Despite the victory, copach John Longmire was was far from content with his side’s current form, pointing to lapses against Essendon and Richmond in their past two starts.

“Seven weeks now we’ve played some pretty good footy but we’ve certainly showed at times that we’ve dropped away from that,” Longmire said

“We did some things really well tonight, patches of serious pressure.”

And they managed to pull it off without some of their big names.

Kurt Tippet was missing in action due to an ankle injury and a lack of recent form.

Zak Jones will return from a one-game suspension on Friday night, when the Swans face Melbourne at the MCG.

Former co-captain Jarrad McVeigh could also be back.