Saturday May 14 - Melbourne Ground
Essendon 5.14 (half time 2.1 - 2.10)
Essendon win by 3 goals
Goalkickers: G. Aitken 2
Melbourne had the first shot on goal for the season, but Stiffe tried to get closer to the goal after a mark and only managed a point. With D. Aitken, playing against his old side for the first time, propelling the ball forward for Essendon they scored the first goal and had a period of dominance over the next few minutes.
Stiffe missed another chance, but after good play by Tindall and Duckett got the ball forward they broke through after George Aitken caught an Essendon player running with the ball and put it through the goals. He got a second goal soon after, but Essendon equalised before half time.
With the number of scoring shots they'd had, Essendon always threatened to break away from Melbourne and they did in the second half. Two early goals gave them the advantage before Stiffe managed to drag one back from a mark directly in front of goal. Essendon got a fifth to make the tie safe, and with the ball spending much of its time out of bounds there wasn't long enough for Melbourne to mount a comeback.
Best were Booth, Collins and McKenzie.
Some sources have the HT scores as 2.2-2.9 and the FT score as 2.5-5.13