Melbourne has broken the hearts of Carlton fans by snatching victory from defeat in the last 15 seconds.
The Blues had their first place in the final since 2013, leading by one point in the dying seconds as Melbourne shot forward.
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A long bomb within 50 of Jayden Hunt went to the ground and Kysaiah Pickett got loose at the end of a Jake Melksham and sent a bastard punt to the goal.
As it sailed through, you could pinpoint the moment when the hearts of Carlton’s fans broke.
The win launches Melbourne back to second on the ladder and leaves Carlton in a dangerous position going into the final round of the home and away season.
“I’m speechless, I really don’t know what to say, it’s good to be back on the winning list. We went down last week and it’s unreal to come back this week,” Pickett said after the win.
Dees skipper Max Gawn didn’t even finish his post-match interview before asking how much time was left on the clock.
“That’s a nice link. Kozzie is a good player and he has played good football this year and that was his moment,” said Gawn.
“We were on the wrong side of the moments last weekend and we studied a lot about it. The last 10 minutes of the game in Collingwood we looked at it a lot and you saw some good things in those last minutes, we were in able to restrain our nerves.”
Jake Melksham was a standout for Melbourne, finishing the night with four goals and kicking the penultimate goal of the game to bring the Demons back to within a point.
The Blues held the ball with about 60 seconds to play and seemed certain of the win, but a simple miss opened the door and the Demons charged.
Carlton must take a win against Collingwood in round 23 or pray that Hawthorn can topple the Western Bulldogs next Sunday.
Next weekend’s loss and win to the Bulldogs, and the Blues will miss September’s action again.
“It leaves you upset, it leaves you disappointed. But at the same time I’m very proud and I thought our players were very brave all night,” said Blues coach Michael Voss.
“It hurts. An important game for us, but at the end we didn’t quite get it right, but as far as the whole game is concerned, I thought the boys played very brave and played a great football style and we want to keep repeating that.”
Fans watching Saturday night just couldn’t believe the ending they had just seen.
7 News reporter Emma O’Sullivan wrote, “I don’t even barracks for the Demons or the Blues, but my heart is still beating in my mouth, that was wild.”
Attorney editor Alex Fair wrote: “That was epic. Just epic. What a match.”
Former Brisbane and Port Adelaide player Tom Rockliff believes the last few moments have played into Melbourne’s hands.
“I think it was a clear Melbourne tactic to fill the hallway. Lever kicks to a 3 vs 1 in the center of the ground. Doesn’t happen by chance, something they trained – Carlton set it up well over time,” he wrote.
Originally published as Kysaiah Pickett, Carlton’s hearts break with a goal in the last 15 seconds to take home the win