Mid-season recruit Massimo D’Ambrosio kicked the primary two targets of his AFL profession to maintain the Bombers inside eight factors at quarter-time.
However seven unanswered targets to Port Adelaide within the second time period blew the margin out to 51 factors by the primary break as Butters, Powell-Pepper and Connor Rozee ran riot. The Energy’s 12.2 (74) was their highest first-half tally of the season.
The Bombers went 45 minutes with no aim till Archie Perkins ended the drought with a long-range set shot halfway by the third time period.
Additional targets to Peter Wright and Nick Hind trimmed a contact of fats off the margin earlier than three-quarter-time, however the Energy completed filled with operating and kicked 9 last-quarter targets within the complete win.
Port Adelaide will deliver their season to a detailed with a Showdown towards cross-town rivals Adelaide in spherical 23, whereas Essendon host finals-bound Richmond on the MCG.
PORT ADELAIDE 5.0 12.2 14.6 23.8 (146)
ESSENDON 3.4 3.5 6.5 9.8 (62)
Port Adelaide: Powell-Pepper 4, Georgiades 3, Butters 3, Marshall 2, Finlayson 2, McEntee 2, Dixon, Boak, Amon, Houston, Rozee, Bergman, Drew
Essendon: Perkins 2, D’Ambrosio 2, Hind, Martin, Wright, Parish, Langford
Port Adelaide:Wines, Finlayson, Marshall, Houston
Essendon: Shiel, Ridley, McGrath, Martin
UMPIRES Brown, Fisher, Dore
VENUE Marvel Stadium
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