EDGEWORTH coach Damian Zane turned to the crowd and yelled in delight with arms raised after a 3-2 round-three Northern NSW NPL win over Broadmeadow at Magic Park on Sunday.
DECIDER: Players react after David Ifield, second from right, scores an own goal. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
It was another victory for the Eagles in a fierce rivalry which included asemi-final penalty shoot-out win for Edgeworth last season.And while no grand final spot was up for grabs, Zane said the win was “massive” for his new-look squad, which lost six regulars – including five in attack –from 2017.
“It’s more sofor the group,” Zane said of his delight.“It’s a new group and you’d hate for them to be put under too much pressure early.If you go zero from two games, but three rounds. It doesn’t look great. You are trying to build their confidence, so I think that will be massive for us.”
The Eagles, who lost 4-3 to Lambton Jaffas in round one, won on Sundayafter Will Bower fired in a low cross in the 89thminute which Magic’sDavid Ifield hit in.
Edgeworth had led in the 20thminute when Dylan Holz’s cross and Daniel McBreen’s scuffedshot fell to Tyson Jackson, who buried his chanceat the back post.
John Majurovski equalised in first-half injury time off JustinBroadley’s cut back following a great ball from Matt Hoole.
Adam Cawley put the Eagles back ahead with his powerful strike in the 57thminute. Magic dominated in chances created through James Virgili and Dino Fajkovic but did not convert until the 85th.Virgili equalisedwith his second strike after his first was blocked.
It capped a frustrating day for Broadmeadow, who beat Lake Macquarie 6-0 and drew with Jaffas 2-2 to start the season.
Eagles savour win over Broadmeadow TweetFacebook Broadmeadow v EdgeworthMax Mason-Hubers images“I thought we controlled most of the game pretty well and we created the better chances, and yet they took their three chances, and the own goal at the end was very unfortunate for us,”Magic assistant coach Anthony Richards said.“But you’ve got to give them credit. They’ve got a very good work ethic Edgeworth.That’s their strength and that’s what got them through today.”
On Saturday it was the Griffiths show at Edden Oval as brothersJoel and Ryan scored a double and set-up each other once inLambton Jaffas’ 4-1 win overWeston.
Ryan exposed poor defence from a throw-in to score in the 15thminute and tapped in Joel’s cross in the 40th. Joel then scored with a free header on the goal line off a Marcus Duncan ball in the 52nd. Chris Hurley started and finished aone-two move to score for Weston in the 54th. Ryan’s pinpoint cross in the 72ndgave Joel another easy header.
On Friday, Maitland thumped Adamstown 9-1, Charlestown beat Lake Macquarie 1-0 and Hamilton drew with Valentine 2-2.