Port Melbourne VFLW suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of Casey on Saturday at Casey Fields, going down by 23 points.

The Demons produced their second-straight season-shaping statement with their victory over the reigning premier.

After downing flag fancy North Melbourne last week, the Demons beefed up their team to take on a rival who had been imperious so far this year. They broke the game open with three goals in the second quarter, holding the Borough goalless and going into the break up by 16 when Niamh O’Neill kicked truly on the siren.

Port fired a couple of shots early in the third quarter, but Casey had the immediate answers and back-to-back goals to Alyssa Bannan sealed the deal.

The Demons fished with their highest score and biggest win over the Borough at Casey Fields and helped the visitors equal the highest tally they have conceded away from home in their 51-game existence.

The Demons had 65 more disposals and 16 more inside-50s as the experienced Sarah Lampard took the initiative with 28 disposals, six marks, six tackles and seven entries.

Development-listed player Tylah Burn (25 disposals, five clearances, eight entries) enjoyed a breakout game, O’Neill (nine marks, two goals) starred in attack, while Meg Macdonald, last week’s hero Jo Lin and No.12 draft pick Ryleigh Wotherspoon all proved too hot to handle.

Eloise Ashley-Cooper was tireless for the Borough with 20 touches, five marks and nine tackles, Stella Reid continued her strong year in attack with seven marks and a goal, Kaitlyn O’Keefe kicked two goals and Ava Seton again performed well.