The first was pretty good, but the second was something else.

Two sublime goals to Cooper Sharman in the final minutes of Sandringham's Saturday night encounter against peninsula rivals Frankston has handed the Zebras a one-point triumph in a heart-racing finish Kinetic Stadium.

Sharman crumbed and snapped off-hands at the 20-minute mark of the term to put his side within three points, before producing the classiest of checkside goals from the pocket - on the run and in driving rain - mere moments later to put the Zebras in front for the first time of the evening.

Frankston had a chance to pinch back the lead via Tyson Milne in a tumbling snap on the run that would have rivalled the theatrics of his old man, however the behind left the Dolphins floundering and the single-point victory fall in favour of the visitors 7.12 (54) to 8.7 (55). 

The sting to Frankston was more pronounced after opening up the game with four unanswered goals and a deluge of behinds in the third term which could have put their plucky opposition to bed. 

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But Jake Batchelor's charges rolled up the sleeves in the wintry conditions to pare back the deficit bit by bit, with Brad Crouch (30 disposals, 12 clearances, 10 clearances, one goal), Mattaes Phillipou (24 disposals, 10 tackles) and Max Heath (60 hit-outs, eight clearances) commanding the comeback in emphatic fashion and consolidating the Zebras' place in the top-six.

Heath was unstoppable operating as the sole ruck in the absence of Tom Campbell (AFL travelling emergency) and uncompromising in his physicality against Dolphins duo Angus Grant and William Kennedy, giving premium use to his midfield brigade who came home with a wet sail.

Frankston had the ascendancy early as Matt Johnson threatened with two majors and former Saint Jack Newnes added to the early jump with a great goal of his own, before mid-season recruit Max Hall snagged his first in his new colours to open up the Zebras' account.

His teammates flocked to the club first-gamer from all angles, reigniting the spark which had been dampened in the wet to hammer home eight of the game's next 11 goals. It was still a brutal slog of a contest, broken up temporarily by Hugo Garcia's spinning goal, which miraculously sailed through the big sticks while being tackled to put the margin at 11 points by half-time.

Arie Schoenmaker (26 disposals, 11 rebound-50s) was reliable in defence to rein in the Frankston offensive in tandem with fellow Saint Angus McLennan (12 disposals, six marks), while Angus Hastie provided much-needed cleanliness in the rain to further the Zebras' charge to the finish line.

Liam O'Connell and Ryan Byrnes had important touches in defence and off-back despite the unfavourable weather to keep the Sherrin moving as territory became increasingly important, while Matty Allison and Olli Hotton had less of the ball after coming off five-goal bags in Rounds 8 and 9 respectively.

FRANKSTON  4.2  5.4  6.10  7.12 (54)
SANDRINGHAM  0.1  3.5  5.6  8.7 (55)

Frankston: J
ohnson 2, Riley, Newnes, Grant, Gown, Butland
Sharman 3, Vesely, Hall-Kahan, Hall, Garcia, Crouch

Murphy, Voss, Mynott, Johnson, Barlow
Crouch, Heath, Phillipou, Sharman, Schoenmaker, Watson, Garcia