Broadmeadow Magic win State Cup

BROADMEADOW coach Damien Smith entered the State Cup to give fringe players an opportunity and to experiment with combinations and formations.

Now the Northern NSW State League powerhouse hope to become the first club to win the big four – Charity Shield, State Cup and minor and major premierships.

Magic overpowered Coffs City United 4-0 in the final of the $10,000 64-team knockout in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

The win eclipsed their top-four finish in the inaugural competition two years ago and was the club’s second piece of silverware this year, following a 3-1 triumph over Lake Macquarie in the Charity Shield.

The defending State League premiers sit at the top of the table on 31 points, two points ahead of the Jets youth team and arch-rivals Hamilton Olympic, who have a game in hand against Edgeworth.

‘‘To win the big four would be great,’’ Smith said. ‘‘We will just take it one game at a time.

‘‘Especially with the premiership at the moment, it is out of our hands. If Olympic win every game from here in, they will win it.’’

After a flying start to the State League, Magic’s form dipped last month. They lost consecutive games to Olympic (5-0) and Charlestown City (2-1), drew with Weston 1-1 before returning to the winner’s circle with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over South Cardiff.

They followed that with three resounding wins in Coffs Harbour, accounting for Lismore champions Goonellabah 4-2 in the quarter-final, Charlestown City 3-1 in the semi-final and Coffs City.

‘‘It is hard yakka playing three games in two days,’’ Smith said. ‘‘At the start of the State Cup you give a lot of the fringe players and under 23s a run and you experiment a bit. But when you get to the final stage – you make a five-hour trip to Coffs Harbour – you want to win it.

‘‘Over the past three or four weeks we have not been playing that well but the boys were pretty switched on this weekend. We were getting back to the way we know we can play.’’

After a comfortable win in the quarters, Magic had to work hard to tame Charlestown, who played the final 50 minutes with 10 men after Daniel Bird was sent off for a headbutt on Matt Hoole.

The score was 1-all when Bird was dismissed but Magic powered home with second-half goals to Chris Berlin, his second, and Scott Pettit.

They had an easier time of it in the final.

Pettit scored a double and Berlin and Luke Virgili contributed as Magic converted a 1-0 half-time lead into comprehensive win.

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