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Match Report: A mighty win

Stephenson steals the show from 50m Young draftee Jaidyn Stephenson's fourth goal came from beyond the 50m arc as the Magpies took on the Crows in round four, 2018.

Fourth-gamer Jaidyn Stephenson has booted five goals to lead Collingwood to a famous 48-point victory over Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Trailing by 52 points in the third quarter, the Crows threatened to stage another epic comeback reminiscent of last year's thrilling draw with the Magpies, but after conceding four straight goals, Collingwood (2-2) recovered to claim a major scalp on the road and their first win in five attempts at the ground.

The crowd of 45,495 who braved the wet conditions were left stunned as the Crows lost to the Magpies for the first time since 2013, going down 16.10 (106) to 9.4 (58).

To make matters worse for the Crows, All-Australian small forward Eddie Betts injured his left hamstring and didn't finish the game.

Stephenson – last year's No. 6 overall draft pick – hadn't kicked a goal in his first three games but was dominant in attack, finishing with a bag of five.

Steele Sidebottom (43 possessions, including 26 contested) continued his rich vein of form, finding plenty of ball while also keeping Crows star Rory Sloane quiet at stoppages.

Adam Treloar (36), Scott Pendlebury (30) and Tom Phillips (31) were busy through the midfield, Brodie Grundy (33, 23 contested, 40 hitouts) got the better of Sam Jacobs in the ruck, Sam Murray provided run and carry off half-back and Lynden Dunn shut down Crows skipper Taylor Walker.

Defender Rory Laird (37 disposals), Bryce Gibbs (27), Paul Seedsman (29) and Hugh Greenwood (16 contested) worked hard for the Crows.

The Magpies hammered the Crows at the contest, dominating contested possessions 198-165.

Rain bucketed down about an hour before the first bounce, with the Magpies adapting better to the surface.

They kicked long down the line and worked hard when the ball was up for grabs, while the Crows turned the ball over with risky kicks into the corridor.

Jordan De Goey celebrates a final quarter goal at the Adelaide Oval.

Big American Mason Cox defied traditional thinking about wet weather footy to impact the game early – tapping the ball cleverly over the top and then displaying a beautiful kick, both leading to Stephenson goals.

Grundy's long-range effort continued the Magpies' momentum as they held a 33-point lead at the main break – 8.5 (53) to 3.2 (20).

Goals to Will Hoskin-Elliott, Ben Crocker and Stephenson's fourth – a 55m bomb - stretched the margin to 52 points early in the third term.

As the game seemed out of reach, the Crows kicked four straight goals to bring the crowd to life.

James Aish kicked the steadier for the Pies before Jordan De Goey capped his first game back from a club-imposed suspension with a goal.

Collingwood           5.2   8.5  11.9  16.10 (106)
Adelaide                 1.1   3.2   6.3   9.4 (58)

Goals – Collingwood:
Stephenson 5, Thomas 2, Hoskin-Elliott 2, Grundy, Varcoe, Reid, Phillips, Crocker, Aish, De Goey
Adelaide: McGovern 2,Walker 2, Gibbs 2, Ellis-Yolmen, Atkins, Seedsman

Best – Collingwood: Sidebottom, Grundy, Stephenson, Treloar, Pendlebury, Phillips, Hoskin-Elliott, Dunn
Adelaide: Laird, Seedsman, Gibbs, Atkins, Greenwood

Injuries – Collingwood: TBC 
Adelaide: Betts (left hamstring), David Mackay (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hay, Williamson, McInerney

Official crowd: 45,495 at the Adelaide Oval