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De Goey stars as Magpies down Lions in AFL

By AAP Newswire

Star forward Jordan De Goey has returned from injury in style, booting four goals to help Collingwood to a 31-point AFL win over Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.

The Magpies made a sluggish start but dominated the wayward Lions in Saturday night's second half to cruise to a 14.20 (104) to 11.7 (73) victory.

Prime movers Taylor Adams (33 disposals, eight clearances) and Steele Sidebottom starred in the midfield while Brody Mihocek (three goals) and Jaidyn Stephenson (two) also impressed.

The win leaves Collingwood fifth on the ladder before a big game against seventh-placed Port Adelaide at the MCG next week.

Brisbane went a man down midway through the first term when key defender Darcy Gardiner dislocated his shoulder in an innocuous marking contest with De Goey.

Nick Robertson was handed the job on De Goey after Gardiner went down and was well beaten by the Magpies young gun, who played a deep-forward role after missing the past two games with a stress injury in his lower leg.

A fit De Goey looms as the Magpies' most important player in September given his ability to affect games up forward and in the midfield.

"There might have been a little bit of blowing the cobwebs out early in the game," Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said.

"He's a dangerous match-up."

Brisbane had by far the better start but were made to pay for their wasteful ball use and frequent turnovers out of their defensive 50.

The Lions had the first two goals of the game and led the inside-50 count 14 to one midway through the opening term.

Collingwood ramped up their forward pressure in the second term and were rewarded with a three-point lead at halftime.

The third term was played almost entirely in Collingwood's forward 50 and the Lions never looked like recovering despite their promising start.

"I thought we missed a golden opportunity in the first quarter to establish a bit more dominance than we did," Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said.

"We had 22 inside 50s to their six ... I felt like we should have got a better return for our effort."

Top draft picks Cam Rayner and Hugh McCluggage showed glimpses of their talent during the Lions' strong first half.

The bullocking Rayner smothered a clearing kick then followed up by winning his own ball and dishing a handball to Daniel McStay, who kicked truly.

McCluggage then evaded his man with a classy sidestep before nailing a pinpoint pass to McStay for a set-shot goal to extend the Lions' lead.

Dayne Beams (33 touches) fought a lone hand in the midfield for the Lions while Harris Andrews racked up 11 marks and held Mason Cox goalless.