Essendon and Gold Coast have played out the second draw of the season in a frantic finish at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday night.

With the Suns trailing by a point and less than two minutes remaining, Ben King, who had just kicked a miraculous goal, took a towering overhead mark but missed his 40m set shot to the right to level the scores.

And then with less than a minute to go, whiz-kid Izak Rankine took a contested mark on the 50m arc, and after taking his full allotment of time, dragged his set shot well wide to the left.

The ball remained in play and two stoppages later, the scores finished 11.7 (73) apiece.

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Rd 11 | Every Goal

Every Essendon goal from our round 11 match against Gold Coast.

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The draw leaves Essendon two points outside the top eight.

The result was another heartbreaker for Gold Coast which lost to St Kilda by four points last start and the Western Bulldogs by five two matches earlier.

Essendon trailed by 18 points three minutes into the last quarter after Lachie Weller kicked his second goal but they finished full of running.

Veteran David Zaharakis kicked two clutch goals midway through the term before limping off with a quadricep injury and Kyle Langford gave his team the lead with a late set shot.

Zach Merrett topped the ball-winners with 31 disposals, while Andrew McGrath had 19 at half-time but was quelled by a Touk Miller tag thereafter to finish with 26.

For the Suns Brandon Ellis, Hugh Greenwood and Weller all finished with 18 touches.

Could Stewart be the answer?
With injuries to main men Joe Daniher and Jake Stringer, the Bombers have been looking for a forward line target, and James Stewart has answered. Playing his third game after a two-year absence, Stewart kicked three goals and looked a constant threat. He beat in-form Sun Sam Collins on the lead twice in the first half and then took a strong mark to convert his third before the final change.

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Rd 11 | Stewart sizzles against Suns

Watch James Stewart's impressive three-goal haul against Gold Coast.

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Rankine dazzles yet again
Every week Gold Coast's rising star does something jaw-dropping and Wednesday night was no exception. Despite his late miss, he still offered plenty of highlights. After caressing a goal from 50m early in the second quarter, he unleashed a two-minute burst that had everyone shaking their heads. Rankine roved a forward 50 stoppage but missed the quick kick at goal before seconds later mowing down Adam Saad from behind to force a turnover. He then sharked another forward 50 stoppage yet somehow missed the relatively straightforward snap from 30m. 

Bombers shoot themselves in the foot
Essendon will be cursing its lack of attention to detail. Despite matching or shading the Suns in most statistical categories, the Bombers trailed by 19 at half-time and most of it was their own doing. They casually watched on as David Swallow handballed to a nearby Lachie Weller – a noted long-range specialist - following a mark. Weller kicked the goal. They also inexplicably gave Izak Rankine 15m of space that cost a goal, and on the stroke of half-time conceded a 50m penalty to Jack Bowes for running through the protected zone. Again, a goal.

GOLD COAST      3.1       7.4       9.5 (59)          11.7 (73)
ESSENDON         1.3       4.3       7.5 (47)          11.7 (73)

Gold Coast: Weller 2, King 2, Day 2, Ainsworth, Bowes, Fiorini, Greenwood, Rankine
Essendon: Stewart 3, Zaharakis 3, Langford 2, Bellchambers, Cutler, Snelling

Gold Coast: Weller, Bowes, Ballard, Ellis, Greenwood
Essendon: Ridley, McGrath, Stewart, Merrett, Shiel, Parish

Gold Coast: Nil
Essendon: Zaharakis (quad)