Adelaide crowing as Cats slip up

ADELAIDE put a dent in Geelong's top-two aspirations while keeping its own slim finals hopes alive with a thrilling comeback win at AAMI Stadium yesterday.

Geelong has been overtaken by Essendon and sits in third spot on percentage after the Crows overcame a 30-point deficit to win 14.10 (94) to 14.8 (92).

Both Jimmy Bartel and Harry Taylor missed set shots in the dying moments leaving the Crows to celebrate one of their best wins of the year and another big lead blown by the Cats.

An hour earlier, an Adelaide win looked most unlikely as Geelong twice led by 30 points during the third quarter.

But three goals from Tom Lynch pulled the hosts to within 14 as the final quarter approached.

The teams traded goals at the start of the final term but some brilliance from Ricky Henderson and Brad Crouch made it a one-point game.

Mark Blicavs' goal pulled Geelong clear again before Nathan van Berlo and then Matt Wright finished with class to give the Crows the lead with three minutes to play and Adelaide held firm.