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Dees hold on against rampaging Blues


Melbourne has held on for a one-point victory against a storming Carlton outfit at Marvel Stadium.

The Dees registered their first win of the season despite kicking only one goal in the second half.

Melbourne started fast and kicked five goals while holding the Blues scoreless in the first term.

Carlton played the majority of the match with just 21 players following a knee injury to Nic Newman towards the end of the first term.

Eddie Betts kicked his first goal since returning to the club early in the final term to cut Melbourne's lead to single figures.

Blues co-captain Patrick Cripps converted a set shot late in the game to tie the score after missing from a similar position earlier in the quarter.

Carlton had plenty of chances to hit the front late in the game, registering five behinds in the final term.

A Bailey Fritsch behind from just 10 metres out with three minutes remaining in the match gave Melbourne the lead.

The Blues will hope to make amends against the Cats away at GMHBA Stadium next week.

Melbourne return to the MCG to face Essendon.

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