Essendon’s old nemesis Lance Franklin had the final say as Sydney continued their undefeated start to the season with a striking three-point victory in the SCG

As the Swans clung to a late-game four-point lead, Franklin took a mark and converted the saved shot to save his third major of the night, the 950th of his career and his 73rd against Essendon, the most he has kicked against any club

Essendon fought to the end, with Sydney defender Dane Rampe making a desperate fingertip effort to prevent a goal and Cale Hooker starting a major, but time is running out for the visitors

This was the fifth time in their last seven games that the game was settled by 10 points or less, Sydney winning 1117 (83) to 128 (80)

Sydney captivated the AFL community with her flowing style, scoring over 100 points in each of her first three wins

Jake Stringer scored a few goals early and Darcy Parish also played a big part in the Bombers wave.

During that time, the Bombers’ heightened intensity kept the Swans from playing the quick and edgy football that was the hallmark of their first three games.

The Swans rallied to score the last five goals of the half to lead by five points in the long break

It wasn’t until their last major of the half-time to produce the dazzling end-to-end flow they’ve become known for this season.

Sam Reid’s second goal took Sydney’s lead to 11 points, but both teams kicked majors in the quarter, which ended with Essendon ahead of a point

Essendon’s Alec Waterman landed a saved shot just 50 yards for the opening goal of the final quarter, but Justin McInerney responded in kind to tie the score

Sydney then took control, but missed several chances, registering four straight passes before Franklin hit the tire

The Swans dominated clearances and had 31 other contested possessions, with Luke Parker scoring 32 touches

Sydney suffered a heavy blow in the second quarter when Isaac Heeney was forced off the ground with a broken hand and replaced by James Bell, Sydney’s first medical replacement of the season

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