Magnificent Magpies soar to the top after dismantling Dees

COLLINGWOOD has strengthened its NAB AFL Women's premiership credentials, shooting to the top of the table with a scorching 35-point win over a wasteful Melbourne on Sunday. 

Star forward Chloe Molloy was unstoppable with three goals as the Pies extended their winning streak to a club-record five straight victories in the 7.7 (49) to 1.8 (14) result at Victoria Park.

MAGPIES v DEMONS Full match coverage and stats

The Demons weren't without their chances but were left to rue a third term where they kicked 1.4 and blundered several other opportunities. 

AFLW Match Highlights: Collingwood v Melbourne

04:36 Feb 28. 2021. 5:29 PM

The Magpies and Demons clash in round five of the NAB AFL Women's competition

It left the Demons with a combined 2.20 scoreline from their past two matches, back-to-back losses relegating them to outside the top six for the first time this season. 

Molloy was the difference in the first half, kicking a goal from a set shot and later a brilliant checkside on the run to have the better of her match-up with the tight-checking Libby Birch. 

The Demons then dominated the play in the third quarter but were wayward in front of goal, with Sinead Goldrick, Maddy Gay, Kate Hore and Alyssa Bannan missing regulation efforts before Lauren Pearce broke their deadlock at the 15-minute mark. 

Pearce's fierce drive keeps Dees alive

00:42 Feb 28. 2021. 4:44 PM

Lauren Pearce finally breaks the deadlock for the Demons with a terrific burst and finish

The Pies made the visitors pay in the final term and booted three more majors including two off the boot of co-captain Bri Davey (25 disposals) who was again one of her side's best. 

Molloy finished the game on the bench after a crunching hit to her shoulder in the dying stages but is expected to be right to face the Western Bulldogs next week. 

Massive Magpie worry as Molloy injured

00:59 Feb 28. 2021. 4:57 PM

Collingwood have been dealt a shocking blow in the final term with star player Chloe Molloy forced off with an injury concern

However, Pies forward Jordan Membrey will have further assessment on a knee injury that ended her day midway through the third quarter. 

Cruel Collingwood blow for hurt Membrey

00:41 Feb 28. 2021. 4:48 PM

Collingwood have suffered an injury concern with Jordan Membrey forced off the field

The win leaves the Pies as the only unbeaten team in the competition after the inaugural round five NAB AFLW Indigenous Round. 

The hero
Molloy's three majors propelled her to equal-top of the goalkicking table with nine for the season, alongside Crow Erin Phillips and Dog Isabel Huntington. As Melbourne coach Mick Stinear stated, Molloy (eight disposals) wasn't flushed with opportunities but took every one, leaving Birch with little chance to have an impact on the contest. 

Magic Molloy does as she pleases

00:35 Feb 28. 2021. 4:02 PM

Magpie star Chloe Molloy conjures some absolute brilliance in front of goal to earn her second major

Best midfield in the competition?
It wouldn't shock if all three of the Pies' starting midfielders made the All-Australian side this year, such has been their dominance. Davey, Britt Bonnici (23 disposals) and Jaimee Lambert (21) were again on-song and were well supported by Sharni Norder (11 disposals, 12 hitouts). Coach Steve Symonds was also quick to praise the efforts of co-captain Steph Chiocci on a wing and the depth others including Tarni Brown and Ebony O'Dea. 

Britt Bonnici lays a tackle on Karen Paxman during Collingwood's win over Melbourne in round five, 2021. Picture: Dylan Burns, AFL Photos

Wasteful Demons
Coach Mick Stinear conceded last week's inaccuracy played its part in the Demons' efforts on Sunday. His side finished with 2.12 – including four straight behinds in the final term – in the loss to the Western Bulldogs and started with six consecutive behinds against the Pies. "It shouldn't (impact) but I reckon there would've been a little bit when you get to 0.3 or 0.4 and then it's the (thought of) 'not again' with the little monkey on your shoulder," Stinear said post-match. 

Say what?
"Last year when we played them they opened us up out the back a couple of times so we focussed on that so it didn't occur as much and we think defensively we did a good job which help set-up our game." - Collingwood coach Steve Symonds

"We do need to make some changes, whether that's personnel coming into the team or whether that's shifting our forwards around do we can get some better outcomes. I certainly don't want to be sitting here next week having the same conversation with you about scoring, that's not a great reflection on our coaching." - Melbourne coach Mick Stinear

Pie makes Daisy pay for rare mistake

00:38 Feb 28. 2021. 3:49 PM

Aishling Sheridan pounces on an errant kick from Daisy Pearce and makes her pay full price

What's next?
The Pies return to Victoria Park to host the Western Bulldogs next Sunday at 2.40pm AEDT in what shapes as one of the matches of the season. The Demons have a six-day break before hosting St Kilda at Casey Fields on Saturday at 7.10pm AEDT.

COLLINGWOOD          1.1       4.3       4.4       7.7 (49)
MELBOURNE               0.1       0.2       1.6       1.8 (14)

GOALS
Collingwood:
 Molloy 3, Davey 2, Sheridan, Cann
Melbourne: L.Pearce

BEST 
Collingwood:
 Molloy, Davey, Bonnici, Livingstone, Lambert, Schleicher
Melbourne: Hanks, Paxman, Scott, L.Pearce, Hore, Mithen

INJURIES 
Collingwood:
 Membrey (knee)
Melbourne: Nil

Reports: Nil

Crowd: 2931 at Victoria Park

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