Melbourne win by 7 points
Footscray had a habit of troubling the Demon at the Western Oval no matter how they were doing, and with the visitors desperate for a win to all but confirm their finals spot before a clash with confirmed top two side Collingwood in the last round they almost tripped them up again.
Melbourne entered the last quarter with a three goal lead, but Footscray had the aid of a strong wind. They peppered the goals for the first 20 minutes of the quarter before taking the lead by a point. Melbourne battled back to kick a point to level the game and another to go ahead before a goal finished the contest.
Best was Allan La Fontaine. Deague was originally 19th man before replacing Taylor (thigh) in the starting lineup. Furniss became 19th man.
Melbourne 8.20 d. Footscray 6.14