TENSE: Eagles defender Dom Bizzarri and Magic forward James Virgili in last year’s grand final. Picture: Jonathan CarrollBROADMEADOW coach Ruben Zadkovich has called on his strike force to make the difference when Magic try to end Edgeworth’s silverware streak on Saturday.
The Eagles take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their Northern NSW NPL semi-final at Jack McLaughlan Oval from 7.30pm as they campaign for a third consecutive grand final win to go with a hat-trick of premierships.
The Eagles’ star striker, Daniel McBreen, scored in thefirst half last Saturday to prove the difference in a wind-blown, tight encounter where Magic created their fair share of chances.
Zadkovich was looking for his attacking force of James Virgili, Dino Fajkovic and Kale Bradberyto do the same for Magic in the decisive leg.
“You need to hope your good players turn up, that’s what it always isin these big games,” Zadkovich said.“If your good players turn up and play well, you will be all right.Last week one of our front three played OK. James Virgili played pretty poor, by his own admission.”
He saidLuke Virgili, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring strain, was unlikelyto return.
Edgeworth coach Damian Zane said Keigo Moriyasu would be back after playing in the under 20s last week.
Both sides set up defensively last week and Zane expected a similar contest.
“It was a grinding sort of match,” Zane said.“First half there was one chance each and we took ours. The last 20 we had a couple of chances more than them, but there wasn’t much in it.”
Zadkovich said he wanted his side “to be better with the ball and play a better style of footy”.
“The conditions didn’t help us last week and it was a cagey defensive battle, but hopefully we can a bit better with the ball,” he said.