Lions stun AFL heavyweights as they surge in final quarter to win after the final siren.
A goal to Ash McGrath after the final siren has capped a stunning victory for the Brisbane Lions and a sure-bet for biggest comeback of the year.
Down by as much as 52 points late in the third term, the Lions began to dominate the clearances as they kicked 10.7 to 1.4 to storm home for the five-point victory at the Gabba.
The win is the eighth biggest comeback in the history of the game as McGrath capped his 200th game in the best possible fashion, as the stunned the Cats 15.13 (103) to 14.14 (98).
Watch the hectic final two minutes of the game.
Daniel Rich’s booming goal with less than two minutes to play levelled scores before Geelong’s Tom Hawkins appeared to have got the Cats out of jail with a behind.
But the Lions had enough time for one last attack, finding McGrath who nailed a set shot from outside 50 to seal a remarkable win for the home team.
The result hadn’t looked likely but the Lions booted eight goals to one in the final term to secure their fourth win of the campaign and consign the Cats to just their second defeat.
Simon Black was outstanding for the Lions with 33 disposals while Brent Moloney kicked three goals and was a major player in the Lions’ comeback.
McGrath also booted three goals while Rich bagged two.
Cats skipper Joel Selwood was among the best for the visitors, while Hawkins (three), Steve Johnson (two) and Allen Christensen (two) booted multiple goals.
Johnson will face a nervous wait after a heavy bump on Pearce Hanley left the Irishman groggy in the first quarter.