Essendon cement place in AFL top four with hearts-topping win at the MCG.
A late goal to Jake Melksham gives the Bombers a heart-stopping victory in front of 80,000 fans at the MCG.
Melksham kicked his third for the match in the dying minutes as the Bombers held on for a remarkable 11.11 (77) to 10.12 (72) triumph.
Jarrad Waite booted seven goals for Carlton in a dominating performance but it wasn’t quite enough for the Blues who were over matched by a faster-finishing Essendon side.
Dyson Heppell was outstanding with 28 disposals and Jake Carlisle accumulated 23 and capped his stellar night with a towering defensive mark in the closing seconds.
Marc Murphy was superb with 31 touches but the Blues will take little consolation from a clash they had all but wrapped up until Essendon’s final quarter charge.
Essendon now face the improving Gold Coast Suns in round 12 at Etihad Stadium while Carlton will look to bounce back when they tackle competition heavyweights Hawthorn also at Etihard Stadium.