Casey Demons missed a big opportunity to jump inside the top-four when losing by 65 points to Port Melbourne on Saturday.

After kicking the first four goals of the game, Port Melbourne went on a nine unanswered goal run between the second and third terms to clinch a 16.9 (105) to 5.10 (40).

It was a hotly contested start to the game with both sides forced into turnovers in an even start. Port Melbourne stamped their authority early with the opening four goals of the game. Ben Giobbi calmly slotted a 50m set-shot from a tight angle after the siren to give the Demons a much needed breakthrough. Corey Maynard was strong in the opening term with 14 possessions while Kennedy and Kennedy-Harris trailed on 10 disposals each.

The Demons were given a big chance early in the second when Dean Kent forced the Borough into a turnover before snapping through our second major. The start of Port Melbourne's nine successive run saw Cal Searle slot a 50m set-shot. The contest heated up with the intensity shifting to a new level but it was the Borough who rose to the occasion. Half-time came and the Demons headed into the break with a 42-point deficit. Maynard, Kennedy and Kennedy-Harris all had 19 possessions each in the first half of footy.

The Borough's goal-scoring run continued after the main break with the first four goals of the third term in the first 13 minutes. Bayley Fritsch went back and kicked truly from 55m with a great set-shot. Jay Kennedy-Harris finished the term with a 40m set-shot goal in the 32nd minute as Casey still trailed by 58 points. Maynard went up to 28 disposals, Kenendy 26 and Kennedy-Harris 25.

Port Melbourne's lead threatened to balloon out to even more after Chris Cain slotted the opener of the final term. Casey were able to put a stop to the run and generate more positive possessions. Eddie Morris kicked our fifth in the 20th minute through once again a set-shot. Port's final score skipped over into triple digits when Cal Searle kicked the final goal late in the last. Port Melbourne secured a 65-point win to put an end to the Demons winning streak.

Corey Maynard collected a team-high 32 possessions for Casey as he played one of his best games of the season. Ben Kennedy (29) and Jay Kennedy-Harris (27) both had plenty of the ball.

Next weekend, Casey will again be on the road when we head to Holm Park Recreation Reserve to take on Richmond in Beaconsfield. The game will get underway at 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon.

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