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Tom Fee  April 15, 2017 2:05 PM

Watch the last two minutes in Fremantle's thrilling win against Melbourne.

Three points down with two minutes on the clock – enter Cam McCarthy.

The 22-year-old showed composure beyond his years in Saturday’s clash with Melbourne at the MCG, kicking Fremantle’s match winner in a two-point thriller. 

McCarthy read Ed Langdon’s booming inside 50 perfectly, sprinting past the soaring pack to gather and goal ahead of the closing Bernie Vince.

After the game, even with the points in the bag, it still hadn’t sunk in.

“To get the win was unreal to be honest,” McCarthy said.

“I knew it was going to be a hard task coming up against Melbourne at the ‘G.

“To be able to take the four points home is pretty surreal, so I couldn’t be happier.”

McCarthy spoke further of the split second decision that helped get Freo over the line. 

“I was in two minds of whether to grab it or kick it mid-air,” McCarthy said.

“I went to grab it and just got a bit of foot on it as Vince came out of nowhere.

“I’m just happy that I was able to get my toe on it and get it through." 

With 20 disposals to go with his two goals, McCarthy did plenty to help Fremantle clear 100 points for the first time in 2017 – including setting up Shane Kersten for Freo’s opener.

McCarthy credited Fremantle’s midfielders for their contribution up front, with Lachie Neale and David Mundy combining for seven goals.

It’s just the second time Mundy has kicked more than two goals in his 255 game career, equalling his three goal performance against Sydney in round five of the 2009 season.

“Shane’s a great player and it’s good to be able to wax with him,” McCarthy said.

“But it’s also great to have Mundy, Neale and Fyfe come forward and share the load.”

“I think we’re all gelling well – we still have a long way to go but it’s going well so far.”