Sunday 22 April 2018

WATCH: Former Tyrone star Conor McKenna scores scintillating goal for Essendon

Conor McKenna of the Bombers celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Essendon Bombers at Metricon Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Conor McKenna of the Bombers celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Essendon Bombers at Metricon Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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Former Tyrone underage star Conor McKenna scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday as Essendon ran out comfortable 88-57 winners at the Metricon Stadium.

The Bombers defender pounced on a long kick forward from fellow defender Mark Baguley before racing towards goal and slotting the ball between the posts.

McKenna is having a breakout season with Essendon and received some high praise from former Essendon captain Jobe Watson earlier this season.

Watson, who was originally awarded the 2012 Brownlow medal before being stripped of the medal for his involvement in the club's supplements saga in 2012, said that McKenna is a 'beautifully balanced' player and that he is improving with every game he plays.

"He's got some real talent and like all Irish guys they kick the ball so well," Watson told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"They're not afraid to back themselves and he's a beautifully balanced player. The more he plays the better he's going to get and we're really fortunate that the recruiting staff found him, and that the coaches are starting to develop him, and credit to him.

"He sees the game so well for a guy that hasn't played a hell of a lot of footy. Not only can he run at such high speed but he actually has composure at that speed.

"That's a rare thing to have, a guy who can really break the lines and be running at full pace, but then still find targets long or short, and he's just going to get better and better the more games he plays."

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