Nate CavaliereGoalkeeper Nate Cavaliere was the hero as Edgeworth defeated Broadmeadow on penalties 3-1 at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday night to progress to the Northern NSW NPL grand final.
The Eagles, chasing a third consecutive grand final win,led 1-0 into the second leg of the semi-final but Magic were level throughScott Pettit’s free kickin the 32ndminute. His sweet strikeinto the top left corner of goal gave Cavaliere no chance.
In extra-time,Daniel McBreen put Edgeworth ahead in the sixth minute after pouncing on a poor touch from Jon Griffiths.
Magic, though, were back level five minutes later when substitute Jacob Dowse’s lunge at the far post knocked in James Virgili’s cross.
The 2-1 game scoreline and 2-2 aggregatetook the match to penalties, but Broadmeadow made a horror start when Cavaliere dived low to his left to deny Kale Bradbery. Keigo Moriyasu converted for Edgeworth, Magic’s Matt Hoole sprayed his shot over the bar and McBreen buried his chance.
Magic legend Peter Haynes, playing his last game,converted and Ayden Brice was stopped by Niko Giantsopoulos to give Broadmeadow hope. Cavaliere then denied James Virgili to set up the clincher forDom Bizzarri, who sent Edgeworth into a grand final clash with Lambton Jaffas next Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Earlier, Pettit’s goalcame after Edgeworth missed two golden, one-on-one opportunities.
An Aaron McLoughlin cross in the 23rd minute foundKeanu Moore unmarked in the centre goals but his shot was wide.
McLoughlin then found a runaway McBreen in the 27thminutewith a long ball over the top, but Giantsopoulos pulled off a reflex save to deny the former Mariners striker.
Cavaliere made a great save one-on-one to deny Dino Fajkovic in the 40thminute.
Eagles skipper Josh Evans was wide with a free header in the 79thand Virgili failed to convert whenaway on goal in the third minute of injury time.